AU lauds Ghana’s role in peace and security on Continent

Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – The African Union has
through an assessment report commended Ghana’s government for its role in the
maintenance of peace and security in West African and the entire Continent.

The Continental body said Ghana’s championing
of democracy, gender equality and its adoption of mechanisms to address issues
of climate change, gave confidence to the socio- economic space in the country.

This came to the fore when Ambassador Smail
Chergui, the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security called on
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra on
Wednesday to present a copy of the report on Ghana’s Structural Vulnerability
and Resilience Assessment.

The AU’s Country Structural Vulnerability and
Resilience Assessment (CSVRA) CSVRA is designed to facilitate the
identification of a country’s structural vulnerability to conflict at an early
stage, with special emphasis on areas that are relevant in identifying drivers
of violent conflict including, socio-economic development; good governance,
rule of law, democracy and human rights; security sector; environment and
climate change; gender and youth; post-conflict peace-building; and
transitional justice and reconciliation.

The CSVMS process culminates in the
development of strategic and medium to long-term measures that are designed to
address the structural vulnerabilities to make countries more resilient to
conflict. It further explores the dimensions upon which the AU and the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can best support the actions to be
undertaken in the implementation of the mitigation strategy.

Ghana is the first country to have volunteered
for the assessment.

“Through this exercise, we found out that
Ghana is really beacon of stability, democracy and the policies, conduct in
this country under your leadership Mr. President, gives confidence to the
social economic space here”, Ambassador Chergui said.

“We also note with great pleasure, the
progress in gender equality in key positions of the government; we also noticed
the adaptation of all mechanisms here to the climate change, we also noticed
that on security, the country is doing well; in fact, per capita, violence is
one of the lowest here,” he said.

Thus, the AU Commissioner commended Ghana for
being the pioneer of the Continental body’s new assessment endeavour of member
states, which found that Ghana had a good early warning system to prevent
conflict.

However, he noted some shortcomings in the
Ghana report and urged the government to work on them.

Ambassador Chergui commended President
Akufo-Addo’s exceptional leadership and his role in promoting the African
agenda and pushing for greater trade and not aid between the Continent and the
rest of the world.

”I think we need leaders like you to really
take us forward in dealing with the challenges that are coming”,

President Akufo-Addo on his part said Ghana
attached a great deal of importance to the Africa Union and the continental
objective of unification and integration.

“You know very well that our first leader was
one of the biggest torchbearers of the Pan African banner, it has since then
been the commitment of successive leaders of Ghana to the Pan African agenda”

“It’s come to my turn, we continue to believe
that Ghana’s national interest is inextricably linked to this continental
agenda; so whatever we can do always to push forward the claims of the
continent, we believe it is in our interest to do so”, he said, and assured of
the implementation of the recommendations of the report.

GNA

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