HORN OF AFRICA IS RISING!

Mohamed Abdi Warsame – Cadur

To begin with, Horn of Africa is Rising because of the strategic location that locates the region. The horn of African is composed of four countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The region experienced a fundamental political change that has never happened before. What happened in Ethiopia after the election of prime minster Dr. Ahmed Abiya was also the new era of Ethiopian people and the region as well. This was also a new policy shifts of Ethiopia’s political doctrine compared to the previous administration and his progressive agenda champions the new political openness and path of reconciliation towards the horn of African countries and promoting pan-African idealism.

Dr. Ahmed Abiya also changed his foreign policy compared to his predecessor in terms of leadership style and the strategic vision in line with a new regional approach towards the other countries in the region through new diplomatic relations among other neighboring countries. He also championed the land dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia through negotiations; and new diplomatic solutions has been drawn as he also ensured that both citizens need to live together in peaceful means.

His policy shifts have set a new economic cooperation, free trade and open society through real developmental transformation which would lead to more developed, prosperous and inclusive societies in the region as it reduces the non-productive political competition.

Now the leaders of horn of Africa welcomed the idea of working together and the new path of reconciliation and political partnership, and the full participation of citizens’ political will, so that the people of horn of Africa can achieve a great aspiration through social cohesion and the idea of brotherhood, pan-Africanism, and one united state of horn of Africa region, that is capable of competing other economic regional blocks such as EAC, SADC and ECWAS.

President Farmaajo of Somalia landed in Eritrea for the first time to meet his counterpart H.E Isaias Afwerki, both leaders have discussed on the issues of the two nation’s relations and security stability and political partnership. A new era of friendship and cooperation on the issues of governance, regional integration and transformative agenda that can promote the wellbeing of citizens of both has kicked off. This was an indication of new ambitions and the greater achievement of the region though Djibouti did not welcome this move because of land disputes with Eritrea.

Therefore as a student of political science, I support the idea of political relation because this is a new opportunity that leaders can come together and debate issues of prosperity versus progress.  These are the matters of development and strategic vision towards protecting human rights, enforcing rule of law and political inclusion. The leaders agreed to promote sustainable peace and democratic society in the region by upholding the principle of liberal idea and economic development through creating jobs for the citizens and provision of economic opportunity and social transformation.

The sustainable development Goals postulate that all nations; to place people and the planet at the center of efforts to ensure prosperity, sustainable peace and open society, and promoting the spirit of truth and reconciliation, transformational leadership within the member states and across African continent.

The leadership potential and future prospects of horn of Africa is based on the fundamental aspects of addressing leadership challenge, poverty, lack of clear political manifestation and the promoting Pan-African agenda is also another element, and encouraging the youth to participate in policy and decision making. The philosophical analysis of these issues calls for renewed social science endeavored to bring out new prospects in the understanding the future of the region and citizens expectations as well.

All the leaders of horn of African countries have committed to debate on the issues of governance, building a strong economy that works for everyone, that is why there is need  to study the community as an institution  that plays an important  role in socializing the citizens  of horn of Africa people in line with civic engagement, political representation, building leadership competencies for transformational  change so that they can be able to fulfill their future aspirations and  to champion freedom of press, freedom of association.

As a pan-Africanist, I do believe that the transformation of every society depends on the quality of leadership that can determine the socio-economic development of our citizens and progressive vision that can inspire our people to realize their dreams, a greater aspiration and  better future for all.

Transformational leadership emanating from a culture created consensus and intellectual debate   to define its character of social mission can be a source of catalytic changes and provide ambitions and clear vision, inspiration for our citizens and communities to work tirelessly to achieve a greater mission in line with technological evolution and industrialization, with time. therefore achieving this  new vision of horn of Africa requires a lot of efforts, political debates and a real commitments among the horn of African countries, and it would require a great deal of preliminary work in terms of laying a strong foundation and ambitious plans, and implementation policies to champion this  new  transformational agenda.

According to Dougles North, an American economist was the chief inspirer of the new political economy or new institutionalism whose central idea is that what makes an efficient economy is a set of institutions that permit individuals to benefit personally from what will serve the material interest of society as a whole.

In conclusion; to  support Horn Africa’s  new cooperation and partnership through fostering impartial spaces for dialogue and support accountable institutions to become more effective, there is continuous need to contribute new ideas and constructive debates to galvanizing the rule of law, fostering sustainable, and investing in institutional system that are functioning and can contribute to a modern stable region.

“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny, we can master it only if we face it together’’… late Kofi Anan, a Global Icon and former UN Secretary General.

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