President Sahle-Work Zewde yesterday attended the 9th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, which is underway in Addis Ababa.
In her remark, the President highlighted the significance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in revitalizing pan-Africanism for sustainable peace and development in Africa.
She said “We are in the midst of turbulent times. The health and economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted the global economy.
“As we respond to the pandemic and look towards recovery and resilience, we must consider the transformative positive impact that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) promises.
“In fact, this pandemic and the multifaceted disruptions that it has caused, have shown us the importance and value of inter-Africa trade more than ever before. “
The President also emphasized the importance of the Forum in promoting African solutions to continental security issues.
“Tana Forum is indeed a platform that strives to meet the intellectual challenge for African-led discussions and solutions to the problems confronting our continent.”