ADDIS ABABA– The 7th Tana High-Level Forum on peace and security in Africa is scheduled to deliberate on ownership of Africa’s peace and security as well as financing and reforming the African Union (AU).

The forum, held annually in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia’s second largest city on the shores of Lake Tana, about 550 kilometres northwest of here, will bring more than 250 participants, including current and former African leaders, stakeholder groups, and peace and security experts from around the continent.

The annual meeting will take place on April 21 and 22 under the theme, Ownership of Africa’s peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union.

The Chairperson of the Tana Forum and former president of Nigeria, Olesegun Obasanjo, told a media briefing here Thursday that the this year, forum would deliberate on strong solutions to how to finance and reform the AU in carrying out it peace and security agendas.

He said the forum was expected to generate ideas and views on promoting African-led solutions on peace and security in the continent by Africans. The main agenda of the forum was aligned with the AU’s ambitious to reform itself, which it was implementing between 2017 and 2018, he added.

According to Obasanjo, the reform o the AU included institutional improvements at both political and operational levels, especially by making a provision for a more sustainable funding for peace-building in Africa.

In this regard, he said the forum was expected to provide opportunities to decision-making leaders and institutions to exchange experiences and insights on peace and security issues among themselves.

Tana Forum Secretariat Communications Co-ordinator and Profile Manager Michelle Mendi Muita said the forum will enable leaders to explore options for innovative and joint action in peace and security. The forum will set aside space for African leaders to develop and implement adequate and pro-active initiatives in peace and security on the continent.