Senegal: ECOWAS defence chiefs meet in Dakar

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) from the West African sub-region Wednesday began a three-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

The 35th ordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) opened with its new chairman, Lt. Gen. Mamadou Sow of Senegal making a welcome address.

Sow thanked his colleagues and participants for giving Senegal the honour to host the event and commended the outgoing Chairman of the CCDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie of Ghana for his remarkable leadership.

Citing the role the defence forces played in fighting Ebola, Sow said under Quashie’s leadership the security situation in the sub-region was reviewed, leading to the development of a security road-map that yielded fruitful results.

He added that the Dakar meeting would avail them the opportunity to provide solutions for most of the pressing challenges.

In his remarks, Quasie thanked the Chiefs of Defence Staff for their support during his leadership of the committee.

He said they successfully handled logistics delivery and supplies during the Ebola crises, which, according to him, was made possible with support from the Heads of State and Government.

He commended the courageous effort put by Nigeria and the Multi-National Joint Forces in fighting Boko Haram while encouraging the incoming chairman of the CCDS to make the committee a security vanguard for the region.

Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, on behalf of President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, thanked Senegal for hosting the meeting.

She informed the meeting that the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) would be fully operational by December 2015 while highlighting the different efforts initiated by the ECOWAS Commission in that regard, such as improving the ESF logistics and equipment capabilities.

Senegalese Minister of Defence, Mr. Augustin Tine said that collective peace and security in the region remains a top priority and is necessary for the economic development of the region.

The meeting will be updated on the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau, the operations of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) as well as the status of the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) of Pilot Zone E, among others.
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09 september 2015 18:27:38

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