After a successful virtual Round Table meeting on the proposed African Peace Engineering Corps (AfPEC) held in October last year, advocate of AfPEC, Fmr President Ernest Bai Koroma on 18th March 2021, convene a second virtual Round Table at the Horasis – USA meeting.
With the theme: ‘Building Trust’, the Horasis – US meeting will attract over 700 high level participants to interact with the new US administration in shaping America’s and the world’s agenda.
Participants (including several heads of governments and key ministers from some of the US’ key partner countries) explored the big issues of the day and approaches to promote global recovery.
This High Level Roundtable is therefore expected to draw strategic support from both public and private stakeholders in the United States and around the World towards the AfPEC initiative.
“I am passionate about this initiative because I have seen first-hand how the military can be of great value in rebuilding a nation, in uniting its people and in giving hope to a traumatised population. Our continent is yet to fully leverage the huge and varied expertise and energy lying fallow within its military which could be critical in adopting a broader continental framework for a formidable African Peace Engineering Corps. I believe it’s now time to tap from the great expertise lying with the military”, said H.E Ernest Bai Koroma.
“I am pleased to be part of this discussion because this is an exciting initiative that responds to an important part of Africa’s peace and development aspiration. Critically, it reinforces the African Peace and Security Architecture in many ways which is why I believe it should be given the necessary support”, said H.E Goodluck Jonathan, Fmr President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This year’s High Level Round Table conference was attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria; Russel Feingold, Former Senator and former Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo; Rtd General William “KIP” Ward, First AFRICOM Commander and Dr Vasu Gounden, Founder of the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) – the foremost Peace and Security Think Tank in Sub-Sahara Africa.