The 1st edition of the Lomé Peace and Security Forum will be held on 21 and 22 October. This event is an initiative of the Head of State, Faure Gnassingbé, and reinforces Togo’s commitment to working with the other States of the continent, regional integration organisations, the African Union, the United Nations and all other partners to preserve continental peace and stability.
The first edition of the Lomé Peace and Security Forum is organised around the theme “How to strengthen transitions towards democratic governance in Africa”.
The event, which comes a month after the launch of the African Political Alliance (APA) by the government and the holding of its first ministerial conference on 03 May in Lomé, is part of a series of African initiatives designed to respond to the continent’s need to work harder to consolidate peace and build collective security in an environment marked by the emergence of new areas of tension and the complexity of the security challenges posed by the growing threat of terrorism and transnational organised crime.
Representatives of African and non-African governments, high-level experts, civil society organisations, academics, the media, international organisations, the business community and professional organisations are expected to attend.
“The aim of the Lomé Peace and Security Forum is to develop a new way of understanding and interpreting political transitions, taking into account the contexts and dynamics of their emergence, as well as the crucial issues and challenges involved in strengthening democratic governance in Africa”, said the Togolese government in a press release.
Over the course of two days, participants will discuss, among other things, the factors that make institutions in Africa fragile, the challenges of building solid institutions, building and strengthening the rule of law, the role of regional and international organisations in supporting political transitions, the political challenges of consolidating democratic governance in transition periods and the security challenges facing political transitions underway on the continent.
At the end, a series of relevant proposals and recommendations will be made by the participants, focusing on consolidating peace, strengthening the African security system and democratic governance, building strong institutions and the rule of law, and gaining a better understanding of the role of multilateral organisations in monitoring transitions.
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