HIPS Annual Forum for Ideas, Djibouti, 18 – 22 December 2017: After event report

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) held its first Annual Forum for Ideas (AFI) from 18-22 December 2017 in Djibouti. The theme of the three-day discussion was The State of Somalis: Towards Peace, Stability and Prosperity, and it touched on a wide range of issues affecting Somalis in Somalia/Somaliland, in the diaspora, the Somali regions in Ethiopia and Kenya and the economic, social and political situation in Djibouti.

The AFI is a Davos-style roundtable discussion where the policy makers and opinion makers from Somalia, the diaspora and around the region gather to discuss strategic issues facing the country, the Horn of Africa and Somalis everywhere. 

Presenters and participants included the President of Djibouti, ministers, members of parliament, diplomats, intellectuals, business leaders and civil society and youth leaders.

Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti played a prominent role in the forum due to the strategic importance of the Somalis in these countries and their connections with Somalis at home, in the region and in the diaspora. There are entire regions or provinces in both Kenya and Ethiopia that are inhabited by ethnic Somalis. Somalis also play important roles in the leadership of these countries including Djibouti led by ethnic Somalis.

download the full report here

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  1. Avatar Sirat Aden Ali
    Posted May 2018 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations HIPS for holding the first AFI in our century. What a great feat only to be thought about and accomplished by persons with big hearts. As a Kenyan Somali and one who has passion for Somali’s goodness, I am gratified to see the bridges you build to our make our greatness visible. Inshallah; I look forward to be part of the next AFI. Thanks

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