Ministerial meeting on the enhancement of security cooperation and the operationalisation of the African Peace and Security Architecture in the Sahelo-Saharan region.
On March 17, a consultative meeting on security cooperation and the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in the Sahelo-Saharan region was held in Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania. In attendance were Countries such as Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria, Niger, Libya , Mali etc. As well as number of other representatives including the EU, the UN, and The Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS.) The aim of the meeting was to strengthen security cooperation between countries involved, and to increase the sharing of intelligence. Through this, they hope to better consolidate efforts against criminal and terrorist networks operating in Northern Mali. In turn this would help the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) to better reach its goals.
Discussions concluded with positive views on cooperating in aiding the situation in Mali. Participants welcomed recent developments such as the liberation of the main towns in northern Mali the launch, on 11 January 2013, and the developments made with the deployment of African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA)
A number of specific aspects were discussed surrounding renewed efforts of tackling the situation in Sahelo-Saharian region , with the main theme involving improving cooperation on all fronts such as security, communication and intelligence sharing. Notably a further aspect was the transformation of AFISMA into a a United Nations operation.
Participants ended by stating to meet regularly in order to deepen cooperation, with African Centre for the study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) Focal Points and other designated representatives to meet every two months. The relevant ministers will visit at least once every six months.
Sixth Joint AUC/ECA/ Annual Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
From March 21st-26 Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire will host the conference focused on the theme of ” Industrialization for an Emerging Africa.” Attending will be the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) with the government of Cote d’Ivoire. The belief is that the current state of Africa’s economy can be reversed through developing strong industrialization strategies.
The Conference will bring together the African Ministers responsible for Finance, Economy and Economic Development as well as Governors of Central Banks among others to exchange views on issues regarding the development of Africa. The objective is to achieve goals through industrialization. Such goals are for “industrialization to contribute to sustained wealth creation as Africa’s natural resources and other raw materials will be converted into value-added products for export to global markets.”
Through four sessions the Ministers and other other participants will hear from experts and engage in discussions over the four areas being:
1) The Acceleration of Industrialization in Africa 2) Structural transformation in Africa 3) Planning Industrialization 4) Financing Industrialization
The Conference’s outcome has high expectations as topics to be discussed will have a strong impact on Africa’s future. “Industrialization has the potential to be a powerful driver of sustainable pro-poor growth in African countries.”