Bawumia launches Ghana Early Warning and Response Mechanism Coordination Center
Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia launched the Ghana National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism and mandated the Center’s office in Accra.
The creation of the Center follows the approval by the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS at its 45th Ordinary Session held in Accra. ECOWAS member states have since started to establish national early warning and response centers.
The activities of the Center will focus on the detection, monitoring and analysis of conflict indicators and the production of reports.
At the launch in Accra on Friday, November 12, 2021, the vice president said that the work of the Center focuses on five thematic areas, namely crime and criminality; Governance and human rights; Health and pandemics; social, economic and environmental; and Security, Terrorism and the Maritimes.
“The Center will produce situation reports, monthly and quarterly reports on the security situation, annual reports on the peace and security situation, including monthly country policy briefs, among other reports. incidents. The reports will be shared with the ECOWAS Commission and member states, ”he revealed.
In order to guarantee the existence of the Center through political regimes, the Center is created by an act of Parliament called the National Coordination Center of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism 2021, Law 1070.
It was adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on August 6, 2021 and then promulgated by the President. The law establishes a legal framework for the operation and administration of the Center.
Stressing the need for such a center, Dr Bawumia said the threat of terrorism and other related activities, as well as natural disasters, made it imperative to put in place early warning systems to enable governments and other international organizations to prepare for any eventuality.
“Not so long ago, threats of terrorism would have been considered remote. Too quickly, the sub-region is threatened by terrorism and violent extremism. What began in parts of West Africa and parts of the Sahel more than two decades ago as the insurgency has turned into terrorism and the situation has allowed the growth of the extremism and other related criminal activities.
“In addition to internal security challenges, the sub-region faces threats from the spread of extremism, terrorism, political upheaval, transnational organized crime, climate change, disease and pandemics. Preventing and mitigating the potential negative effects of such threats and crises requires a robust early warning system.
“The role of the Center is to warn the government of threats to human security, to propose appropriate actions, to coordinate and to ensure the follow-up of the implementation of the response to the alert both at the national level. than regional.
“We are confident that with the necessary guidance and other support, the Ghana Center would be well positioned as a national strategic center of excellence that will inform decision-making to respond to the crisis in Ghana and Africa. Where is. “