Hailemariam Says Africa Needs African Made Solution to its Problems

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epa02916969 Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addresses a joint press conference after his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 14 September 2011. Ethiopian Foreign Minister arrived on an official visit to Egypt on 14 September, days before the planned visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is due to meet with Egyptian officials. According to local media reports, the Nile Basin negotiations and the situation in Libya, Sudan and Somalia will be the main focus of the talks. EPA/MOHAMED OMAR

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn has recently said Africa should come up with an African made solution for the various problems it is facing.
An African solution for African problems will enable to ensure a reliable peace and security in the continent, the Prime Minister remarked during the opening session of the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.
Hailemariam called for joint efforts to address the political and socio-economic problems in the world since such problems are usually not exclusive to a single nation.
He said Africa should strengthen its cooperation to deal with problems which hamper its progress. Hence close partnerships help in the prevalence of dependable peace and security, he added.
Professor Andreas Eshete, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Chairperson of the Tana Forum for his part stressed on the vital role of leaders in realizing tolerance, peace and security in the continent.
The continent should embrace peace and security as its critical agenda and efforts need to be directed at creating lasting stability in the continent, Professor Andreas stated.
He called for a meaningful change in politics in Africa so as to realize a unified Africa with big voice in the world.
Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairperson of the Tana Forum also called for more commitment from African leaders in the speedy response to challenges the continent is facing.
He emphasized on the need to make Africa a development hub through creating jobs, ensuring gender equality and promoting unity.
“Africa in the Global Security Agenda” is the theme of the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan is the Keynote Speaker at this year’s forum.
African Heads of State and Governments, high-level government officials, notable African personalities, academics, a spectrum of international actors, and others are taking part in the two days forum underway in the town of Bahirdar, capital of the regional state of Amhara.

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