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Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions. Currently in its 6th edition the Forum is at the forefront of initiating dialogue with the continent's policymakers and influencers. The Forum takes place annualy on the banks of Lake Tana at Bahir Dar, this year it was held on 22-23 April 2017.

The Forum complements formal meetings of African heads of state and government by assembling them in an informal, collaborative environment. In the spirit of gatherings taking place under the Baobab tree, the Forum offers room and space for panel discussions, interaction with the floor and bilateral talks to share views and experiences in a time efficient, results-oriented and open manner. The Tana Forum promotes African-led solutions by holding discussions on the strategic and pro-active management of African peace and security issues driven by the interest to contribute to stronger ownership of these issues.

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Op-ed: Tana Forum brainstorms on how Africa can harness its resources
The sixth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa presented another opportunity for African leaders, academics and security experts to discuss issues affecting the growth and development of Africa in an informal setting barred from rigid protocol and officialdom. Both the young and old in the presence of presidents and ex-presidents of some African countries brainstormed on how Africa can manage its natural resources in a sustainable way to move the continent forward and provide job for the youths. Read more.

Op-ed: The Tana Forum 2017: Africa Rising
By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Olusegun Obasanjo*
The Tana Forum, one of Africa’s foremost think tanks on peace, security and development, will devote this year's edition to one of the most crucial topics confronting us today, namely the governance of our continent's natural resources. Along with various stakeholders, including political leaders and experts from various fields of study and work, we will attempt to find answers to the many critical issues that we must tackle to transform our economies, and to preserve and judicially exploit our natural resources to enable the people of Africa to live in a peaceful and sustainable environment.