“The objective of the annual forum is to create a platform to work towards effective African-led solutions to the continent’s most pressing security challenges,” forum coordinator Helen Yoseph told Anadolu Agency.
The forum, according to Yoseph, aims “to give opportunity and platform to leaders and academicians [to] meet at informal settings, free from protocol, and discuss issues relevant to the continent.”
To take place in the lakeside town of Bahirdar 578km northwest of Addis Ababa, the two-day event will be held under the rubric, “Illicit financial flows and their impact on peace and security in Africa.”
“The forum, which is aimed at encouraging dialogue, is named after Lake Tana, as it is held in Bahirdar, a town located near the lake,” Yoseph said.
Held for the first time in 2012, the forum was initiated by former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and professor Andreas Eshete, with the participation of Addis Ababa University’s Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
This year’s forum will bring together a host of African leaders, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, former Nigerian leader and forum chairman Olusegun Obasanjo and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.