Bawumia inaugurates Ghanaian center for coordination of early warning and response mechanism


Vice President Bawumia launches Ghana Early Warning Coordination Center

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday launched the Ghana National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism and commissioned the Centre’s offices in Accra.

The creation of the center follows the approval by the Heads of State and Government of the West African Economic States (ECOWAS) during its 45th ordinary session held in Accra.

The activities of the center will be oriented towards the detection, monitoring and analysis of conflict indicators and the production of reports.

During the launching ceremony, Vice President Bawumia said that the work of the center focuses on five thematic areas, including crime and criminality; governance and human rights; health and pandemics; social, economic and environmental; and security, terrorism and the seas.

He said: “The center will produce situation reports, monthly and quarterly reports on the security situation, annual reports on the peace and security situation, including monthly policy briefs on the country. , among other incident reports. The reports will be shared with the ECOWAS Commission and Member States.

To ensure the existence of the center through political regimes, the center is established by an Act of Parliament referred to as the National Coordination Center for the Early Warning and Response Mechanism 2021, Law 1070 adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on August 6. , 2021, and subsequently promulgated by the President. The law establishes a legal framework for the operation and administration of the center.

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Emphasizing 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 over 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, ”said the Vice President.

The role of the center observed by Dr Bawumia is to warn the government of threats to human security, to propose appropriate actions, and to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the response to the alert. national and regional level.

He assured that the center would be well positioned as a national strategic center of excellence that will inform decision making to respond to crises in Ghana and West Africa. Final element

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