Senior representatives from the governments of the United States and Ghana have participated in the 5th Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Steering Committee Meeting at the West Africa Regional Training Center in Accra.
The event was attended by Madam Stephanie S. Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Mr Joshua Kyeremeh, Ghana’s National Security Coordinator, and Mr Michael Ariett, a retired U.S. Ambassador, who serves as the U.S. Government’s SGI Ghana Head of Delegation.
In her remarks, Ambassador Sullivan highlighted the importance of information-sharing to promote security, saying that, SGI reforms were “strategic, mutually reinforcing, and of mutual benefit.”
She added that the United States would continue to stand firm in its partnership and support Ghana in making the reforms.
Senior Ghanaian and American officials underscored both countries’ commitment to improving security sector governance in Ghana.
The SGI focus area experts briefed the Steering Committee members on progress achieved to date and goals established to strengthen mutually shared objectives.
The SGI is a partnership between the Government of Ghana and the United States of America aimed at improving the effectiveness of Ghana’s security sector and enabling the conditions for national prosperity.
The United States also has SGI partnerships with Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia.
Under SGI in 2016, Ghana and the United States signed a Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP), which identified three priority areas of the partnership: Maritime Security, Border Management and Integration, and Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.
In addition, Administration of Justice serves as a cross-cutting theme.