Participants to the National Security Symposium 2017 have expressed the crucial need of African problems ownership by Africans themselves for peace and sustainable development on the continent. The 3 day discussions held at RDF CSC in Musanze were marked by researched presentations and deep discussions.
The general observation was that African countries need to develop strong cooperation and collaboration in order to effectively deal with internal conflicts, armed groups, terrorism and other challenges affecting security on the continent.
The symposium was officially closed on 17 May 2017 in Musanze District, Northern Province, by Hon Minister of Defence, Gen James Kabarebe.
In his closing remarks, Minister Kabarebe congratulated all participants for the fruitful discussions.
“I am confident that the topics that have been discussed here, the vast knowledge and experience shared by the various speakers have definitely added on the package students will take home from this college”, Hon Minister Kabarebe observed.
“The ideas and strategies devised during this symposium constitute a good basis for further research and actions towards addressing security issues in our respective countries and areas of responsibility”, he added.
Senior Command and Staff Course (SCSC) 5 had the opportunity to interact with high level policy makers, security practitioners at strategic and operational levels, subject-matter experts and scholars in security studies.
On the closing day, two important topics were on the agenda. On one hand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hon Louise Mushikiwabo, Hon Minister of Defence, Gen J Kabarebe and Hon Daniel Fred Kidega, Speaker of the East Africa Legistlative Assembly discussed with participants on repositioning Africa as an equal partner in international affairs.
On the other hand, Hon Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb Claver Gatete and Hon Francis Gatare provided insight on the Africa journey towards an aid free economy, as a prerequisite for sustainable peace, security and development.
Other topics discussed in previous days included eradicating armed groups in the Great Lakes Region: challenges and way forward; UN Peace Support Operations assessment; contemporary approaches to fighting terrorism; cyber security as well as climate change and its implications for Africa’s security and development.
Commenting on the outcome of the Symposium, Lt Col H Chilenga, SCSC5 student from Malawi said, “The symposium has broadened our knowledge on how we are going to safeguard our continent and how we can cooperate and collaborate with outside world and what are the interests of our countries to have a better stand in the world”.
The SCSC5 is attended by 47 Senior Officers students from 11 African Countries namely; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.