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National Security Symposium

13 May 2019
15 May 2019

The Rwanda Defense Force Command and Staff College will host the National Security Symposium between 13 and 15 May 2019.  Participants to the symposium will deliberate on matters of national, regional and continental security with a view to developing practical solutions to address persistent conflicts in Africa.

High level policy makers, security practitioners, subject matter experts and scholars of security studies from across Africa will engage in interactive discussions on contemporary security challenges on the African continent.  Ambassador Abdoulaye Diop will represent the Foundation where he will speak on “Youth Bulge and Unemployment in Africa: A Threat to Security and Development”.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana