CSSDCA Steering Committee Meeting
Arusha International Conference Centre, United Republic of Tanzania
18-19 December 1999
At the invitation of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the first formal meeting of the Steering Committee charged with the responsibility of preparing for the Ministerial Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA), was held from 18-19 December 1999 at the Arusha International conference Centre, United Republic of Tanzania. The Steering Committee is composed of Nigeria (Chairman), Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
The Session was chaired by H.E. Sule Lamido, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In attendance were the following:
- H. E. Jakaya Kikwete,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,
- H.E. Mr. Lahcene Moussaoui,
Minister in Charge of Cooperation,
- H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
Minister of Foreign Affairs
- H.E. Mr. Koffigoh K. Joseph,
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
- H.E. Mr. Hipolio Paricicio,
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
- H.E. Mr. Jean-Hilaire Mbea-Mbea,
Ambassador of Cameroon to Ethiopia and Permanent
Representative to the OAU
- H.E. Mr. Ahmed Haggag,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
- H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Mendoume-Nze,
Ambassador of Gabon to Ethiopia and Permanent
Representative to the OAU
The meeting was also attended by the Secretary General of the OAU, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim.
Apart from the OAU Secretariat, a team from the Africa Leadership Forum and a representative of the ECA also attended the meeting. It also noted with satisfaction this willingness of the ALF to maintain its collaboration with the secretariat of the SG of the OAU.
The meeting underscored the relevance of the CSSDCA initiative which aims at enhancing African security, stability, development and unity in a cooperative framework. It also emphasized the vital and catalytic role that the initiative can play in promoting Africa’s collective efforts aimed at finding lasting solutions to its problems. It stressed the need for the initiative to be implemented in such a manner that Africa will not dissipate energy or scarce resources through duplication of efforts. The meeting further underlined the imperative of maintain the African character of the initiative.
The meeting agreed on the need to situate the CSSDCA initiative within the context of the agenda that the OAU has evolved, especially since 1991, with a view to envigorating it. In this regard, the meeting recalled the pertinent decisions adopted by the OAU, such as, the 1991 Abuja Treaty establishing the African Economic Community, the 1993 Cairo Declaration establishing the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and resolution, the 1999 Algiers Summit Declarations, the 9-9-1999 Sirte Summit declaration and other relevant decisions.
The meeting commended the Africa Leadership Forum for having revised the Kampala Document and for providing the Document in all OAU working languages.
The meeting decided to establish a Group of Experts from members of the Steering Committee, open to participation by other OAU Member States, with a view to preparing a working document for the envisaged Ministerial Conference on security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA).
In elaborating such a document, the Group of Experts will take into account the relevant OAU Decisions and Declarations, the revised Kampala Document and contributions from OAU Member States. The Group of Experts will hold its meetings at the OAU Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The Steering Committee adopted its work programme indicating the road map towards the convening of the Ministerial Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa, as follows:
- Expert Group to meet during January 2000 to prepare the working document;
- Second formal meeting of the Steering Committee to meet in South Africa in February 2000, to review the document prepared by the Group of Experts;
- Progress report on the implementation of the Sirte Declaration on the CSSDCA initiative to be submitted to the 71st Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers in March 2000;
- Third Formal meeting of the Steering Committee to meet on the margins of the 71st Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers 9March 2000) to review the preparations for the Ministerial Conference and adopt the working document in the light of the observations that may be made during the consideration of the progress Report by Council;
- Ministerial Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, before the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government on a date to be agreed upon after consultations;
- Report and recommendations for the Ministerial Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa, to be submitted to the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, in July 2000, in Lome, Togo.
The Steering Committee appealed to all OAU Member States and other partners to make voluntary financial contributions to the OAU, in order to facilitate the implementation of the Decision contained in the Sirte Declaration on the convening of the Ministerial Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa.
Finally, the Steering Committee expressed its appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania, for the warmth of their hospitality and for the excellent facilities placed at their disposal during the meeting.