The Togolese capital is hosting the first edition of the Lomé Peace and Security Forum on 21 and 22 October. Initiated by Togo, the event comes a month after the launch of the African Political Alliance (APA), one of the main pillars of which is African leadership on the continent’s problems and on issues relating to peace and security.
The forum will bring together representatives of African and non-African governments, experts, civil society, academia, the media, international organisations, the business community and professional organisations. Strengthening transitions to democratic governance in Africa will be the theme of the conference.
Other topics of discussion include the fragility of institutions in Africa, the role of regional and international organisations in supporting political transitions, and the challenges of consolidating democratic governance during periods of transition on the continent.
Togo’s objective is to “develop a new prism for understanding and reading political transitions, taking into account the contexts and dynamics of their emergence, as well as the crucial issues and challenges relating to the strengthening of democratic governance in Africa”, explained the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.