Upon assuming the chairmanship of the African Union during its 32nd Summit, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi launched of the “Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development” Africa on 11-12 December with a focus on the continent’s potential in face of crises and challenges.
Titled, “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”, the inaugural meeting of the Aswan Forum takes place in Aswan, Egypt. It is designed as a platform for African and world leaders, international and regional organizations, financial institutions, leading African and global companies, civil society, and visionaries, scholars, and prominent experts to discuss the operationalization of interlinkages between “sustaining peace” and “sustainable development” in Africa, with the hope of making “a real difference in peoples’ lives and to spread hope.
The forum is set to kick off with a keynote speech by Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, followed by the first session titled ‘The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development’.
The session is set to include discussions about Africa’s potential, as home to at least half of the fastest growing economies in the world due to rich resources, urbanisation, industrialisation, and economic diversification.
“This great promise, however, is under threat; undermined by a myriad of crises, challenges and risks to peace, security and development, including conflict, terrorism, and climate change,” the forum’s agenda reads.
The second session, ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda’, will discuss how the prevention agenda must be integrated into national development policies and efforts, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of this approach.
Other sessions include a focus on a regional cooperation framework for peace, security, and development in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, why sustainable peace and development in the Sahel is still elusive, and managing journeys away from extremism and building post-terrorism local orders.
The second day of the forum see sessions on advancing African women’s contribution to peace, security and development, a roundtable on supporting the transition process in Sudan, and forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa.
The Aswan forum was announced by El-Sisi in February 2019 as he chaired the African Union during the 32nd summit in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa for the first time since the African body was established in 2002.
It is designed as a platform for African and world leaders, and for African and global companies, experts, and others to discuss the operationalisation of interlinkages between “sustaining peace” and “sustainable development” in Africa, with the hope of making “a real difference in peoples’ lives and to spread hope,” El-Sisi noted in his speech in February, according to the forum’s website.
Sisi received Nigerien counterpart
Sisi received Nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development
The two leaders’ talks touched on the issue of capacity building in Niger through the training programs organized by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD). They also discussed regional and security issues.
Sisi received Senegalese President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has underscored that Egypt is ready for enhancing bilateral cooperation with Senegal in all fields.
Sisi reiterated that Egypt is particularly keen to cooperate with the African country in the fields of trade exchange, investment, infrastructure development, technical support and capabilities building after the Egyptian president’s successful visit to Senegal in April.
Sisi hosted dinner banquet in honor of delegations participating in Aswan Forum
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hosted a dinner banquet on Wednesday in honor of heads of state, notables and delegations of countries participating in the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.
Giving a speech to welcome the guests, Sisi asked them to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist attack on a military camp in Niger that left more than 70 persons dead.