25th AU Summit: Key peace and security outcomes On Tuesday, LPI attends seminar on the outcomes from the Johannesburg Summit

Left: Simon Allison, center, a seminar participant and right; Desire Assogbavi. Photo: Octavio Diogo/Oxfam AU

For organisations based in Addis Ababa, the AU Summit holds particular resonance. The June summit, which takes place in a member state outside of Ethiopia, may be away from the diplomatic hub but it still draws the attention of academics, practitioners and the diplomatic community. On Tuesday the Institute for Security Studies organised a seminar. The subject? The outcomes of the 25th AU Summit.

Desire Assogbavi, Head of the Oxfam African Union Liaison Office, began with an outline of the 2023 plan. The plan is a true rallying call to be implemented at all levels: national, regional and continental.

Simon Allison, journalist of the Daily Maverick and researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) highlighted the top peace and security outcomes of the Summit.

A significant and growing number of analysts have begun to raise a challenging question about South Sudan: whether the mediation process is part of the problem. This along the deteriorating humanitarian situation undermines the impact of the peace process and creates a significant gap between what it actually has achieved and what it could if changes to the mediation process were implemented. Or more simply, Äre there too many cooks in the kitchen?” he asked.

The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is an optimistic development and outcome of the Summit. The CFTA is the realization of a key cornerstone of PanAfricanism: free and open movement. The free trade agreement would focus on removing trade barriers to improve intracontinental flow of goods and services, while easing the movement of people by simplifying visa processes.

The consequences go beyond the economic. The link between prosperity and peace is well established. Ëconomic intergration means that what happens on one part of the continent reverberates throughout. Peace and security will affect every member state. And will be taken seriously by all actors,” Allison concluded.