Uganda will play home to the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s twelfth high-level oversight meeting on the peace, security, and cooperation framework.
The decision was made on Saturday at the 11th high-level meeting of the nations that have signed the peace, security, and cooperation framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was held in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Ten years after its signing in February 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this summit is aimed to reflect on regional changes as well as successes and problems in implementing the framework.
It was decided that the leaders will get together again in 2024 in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss the progress of the framework’s implementation.
Former DRC President Felix Antoine Tshishekedi handed the chairmanship of the group to his successor, Evariste Ndayishimiye, during a conference in Bujumbura.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has stated that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a wealthy country with tremendous natural resources, but that its people have not profited from these riches because of political unrest.
He garnered support from neighboring nations to aid in a neighboring country’s transition to peace and prosperity.
According to Audrine Faith Otieno, regional youth forum chair of peace and security at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), insecurity is to blame for the region’s high unemployment and poverty rates.
Otieno also asked regional leaders to follow through on the decisions they make at summits to ensure that the interventions are effective.
Felix Tshishekedi, the outgoing head of the framework, expressed gratitude to the countries that have contributed to the ongoing efforts to restore peace and security in the DRC.
Burundi’s President Ndayishimiye, who is also the incoming chairperson, commended Uganda’s President Museveni, who was there, for his leadership in maintaining regional stability.
Former Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, who facilitated the peace process, was also praised for his role in helping bring stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.