Better planning of cooperation

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The Africa–China–United States Consultation for Peace in Africa took place on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 at the Hotel Sarakawa in Lomé, Togo.
This meeting was arranged by Togo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Carter Center and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
The two topics on the agenda were maritime security and the blue economy in the Gulf of Guinea, and promoting peace in the Sahel.
These talks took place in the run-up to the African Union summit on maritime security due to be held in Lomé on 15 October.
Opening the session, Robert Dussey, Togo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, stressed that the issue of peace and security in Africa was “a direct challenge we can no longer sidestep or neglect, let alone ignore.”
This is a challenge that continually questions our ability to confront and overcome it, given the ever-increasing number of victims of armed conflicts and terrorist atrocities, Mr. Dussey added.
He acknowledged that the measures taken were not yet yielding the anticipated results, due to insufficient cooperation.
“Faced with this bitter realisation and these somewhat mixed results, it is therefore all the more urgent that we reappraise and take the minimum time necessary to consider and plan our actions more effectively”, he emphasised.
Calling for strengthened security cooperation is The Carter Center’s leitmotif; it is a strategy to which Togo subscribes wholeheartedly, said its Foreign Minister, who believes that the Africa–China–United States Consultation for Peace in Africa represents a unique multilateral forum for collaboration, capable of contributing to the global action for peace on the continent, including the improvement of maritime security.
“Conflict, violence and terror seem to be eluding our grasp and our control. The Sahel remains an unstable and fragile area; piracy and trafficking of all kinds hold sway over our coastal waters and the threat of terrorism has never been so acute […]”, the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs warned.
Launched in 2014 by the former US President Jimmy Carter, the Head of The Carter Center, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, the consultation brings together a core group of African, Chinese and American diplomats and experts for closed-session talks to explore collaboration between regional players, China, the United States and others on matters of peace and security.
This working group is led by Zhong Jianhua, China’s special envoy for African affairs, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, special adviser at the United States Institute of Peace, and Mohammed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the UN Secretary-General in West Africa.
The initiative aims to promote a collective focus on mutual concerns and identify specific areas for collaboration.
A non-governmental organisation, The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former US President Jimmy Carter.

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