The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China and other stakeholders are putting modalities in place to achieve sustainable peace, security and development in Nigeria in the post Covid 19 era.
Speaking at the International Symposium titled, “Africa-China all round cooperation under the multilateral framework: achieving sustainable peace, security and development in post Covid 19 organized by the Institute, the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut Bakut said that the symposium is to reflect on the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on diverse facet of human endeavours.
Dr. Bakut noted that the pandemic most impacted tourism, trade, commerce and investment, education, people-to-people interactions, and rendered millions of global population poor and destitute.
He further noted that the pandemic has not only affected developing economies, but has increased government expenditure.
Dr. Bakut recalled how President Muhammadu Buhari had called for the deployment of multilateralism in combating not only the global recovery in post-COVID 19 era, but other threats to international peace, security and development, such as terrorism, poverty, diseases, inequalities, corruption, and so on.
He also noted how the President of China, Xi Jinping had urged for the deployment of multilateralisms as a veritable mechanism for broad-based recovery and Sustained growth for global economies.
The Director General of IPCR said: “I agree totally with our leaders that the way out of the raising threats of global peace, security and development as a fallout of the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic is to search of avenues for harnessing our collective resources, strengths, capacities and innovative skills.
“Thus, in identifying multilateral platforms as veritable framework, the world is retracting its commitment to a time-tested strategy that was used in post-Word War recoveries, and indeed subsequent international humanitarian Interventions across human histories and societies
“Within the specific context of Nigeria, the pandemic has challenged the capacities of intervention institutions to address threats to peace, security and development. It is important to emphasized that the sure way out is for us to come together and build our intervention programmes and policies on the affected communities.
“The importance of the deliberate inclusion of affected communities in the processes of recovery after disasters, violent conflict, diseases and other threatening events is because of the need to recognize the cultural peculiarities of the people in entrenching a durable mechanism.
“This International Symposium seeks to highlight the milestones recorded under the Africa-China all-round cooperation in trade and investment, healthcare delivery, defense and security, infrastructural development, strategic interest, peace and human security. It is expected to foster deeper collaboration under the multilateral framework for the promotion of peace, security, and development at community, national, and global levels.”
In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun noted that the world is facing challenges like Covid 19, cyber security, climate change, moral values, generational gap, gender equality, among others.
He called for collaboration between Nigeria and China to achieve development and eradicate extreme poverty in the country.
Other areas of collaboration, according to him, is the areas of military, infrastructural development, ICT, investment among others.