Botswana supportive of Africa - Dow

Botswana is committed to realising a prosperous, peaceful, safe and secure Africa in efforts to nurture the socio-economic growth and development of countries.

Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr Unity Dow said this at the Joint 7thPost-Tana Forum Regional Multi-Stakeholder meeting in Gaborone on July 18.

Dr Dow told delegates Botswana was also ready to support any initiative geared towards finding lasting solutions to conflict situations and setting Africa on a firm path to sustainable development.

Speaking at the same event, AU Commission deputy chief of staff, Mr Alex Ratebaye explained that the meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on the implementation of heads of state decisions as well as ensure full operationalisation of African peace and security architecture, aid silencing guns by 2020, effectiveness of 0.2 levy and Continental Free Trade Area among other issues.

Mr Ratebaye said AU remained attentive to any reflection that could advance common goals.

African countries, he said, needed engagement of all for a common solution owing to the multi-dimensional challenges they were faced with.

He commended President Mokgweetsi Masisi for supporting the forum saying he had showed commitment to dialogue on issues of peace and security having attended the meetings previously as vice president.

The Post-Tana Forum is a follow-up to the April 2018 7th Tana Forum held in Ethiopia which brought together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions.

The forum, which ends today, is expected to discuss four themes aimed at advancing outcomes of the 7th Tana Forum which entail Africa’s ownership of its peace and security agenda, inclusion of women and youth in decision making processes and mediation efforts.

It will also deliberate on the peace and fund time frame and implementation challenges faced by member states as well as free movement of people on the continent.

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