WINDHOEK, 27 JUL – The African continent still faces a number of daunting political and governance challenges and poverty, unemployment and disease are a daily reality for most people.
This was said by the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat during the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) Ordinary Conference in Windhoek on Thursday.
Mahamat further in a speech read on his behalf said Africa is still regarded as the poorest continent in the world, even though it is rich in mineral reserves and has unparalleled agricultural potential.
“This governance deficit has created fertile ground for a wide array of security threats to take root and propelled a significant segment of our societies to engage in crime and terrorism as a result of need and desperation,” he said.
These threats range from arms, human and wildlife trafficking to vigilante and non-state armed groups.
According to the chairperson, the situation stresses the urgency of the conference’s theme, which is ‘Enhancing human security through equitable resource management for sustainable peace and stability in Africa.’
Mahamat said commitments and proclamations adopted at political level, the desired shift from the traditional notion of state security to human security has lagged behind.
“Fortunately, realisation has started taking root in the continent of the interdependence between politics, societies and economies and the wellbeing of the populace. We are also gradually seeing the transformation of governments and the peaceful transfer of power without recourse to violence,” he added.
The chairperson therefore congratulated CISSA on its efforts to contribute to Africa’s Agenda 2063 and recognising its evolving role in sustaining peace and security on the continent.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
Mahamat then also called upon the conference to explore means for the intelligence community to contribute to the development and realisation of human security in the Africa context, both at strategic and tactical level.
CISSA was formed in 2004 to provide intelligence services such as sharing information on potential security threats to the policy-making organs of the African Union and strengthening capacity for the deepening of peace and stability in Africa.
It currently has 51 member states and serves over 1.1 billion people in Africa.