During the first session of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development
, Senegal's President Macky Sall said that despite the challenges Africa is facing, the continent is "significantly progressing."
Sall said that the challenges facing Africa include interference by external forces, which is negatively affecting the continent, and he added that a budget must be allocated to combat and eliminate terrorism in Africa's Sahel region.
The Senegalese president also stressed that all necessary measures must be taken to achieve peace and development in Africa.
Also during the forum, which is taking place in Upper Egypt's Aswan on 11-12 December, president of Comoros Azali Assoumani said that terrorism must be confronted, and that the phenomenon is preventing some African countries from fully benefiting from their resources and capabilities.
The Comoros president said that "security and peace are the source of progress for the continent."
President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari called for a focus on conflict prevention in Africa.
"We need to silence the guns," said Buhari, adding that Nigeria has received support to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Buhari added that Africa needs to invest more in education, which provides opportunities for a better future.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki said that the biggest problems Africa is facing include terrorism and drug and arms smuggling.
Faki stressed on the need for African solidarity to confront the challenges facing the continent, pointing out that "we have been witnessing the ongoing battles for eight years in Africa."
"We must bear responsibility for our fate rather than putting it on others," Faki said.