Panafrican News Agency

Committee of Chiefs of Staff of ECOWAS Member States to hold extraordinary meeting in Ghana

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Accra, the capital of Ghana, will host from 5-6 May 2022 an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an official source said here Wednesday.

The top brass will discuss the implementation of the recommendations of their 41st session held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 17 - 19 November 2021, devoted to the analysis of the regional security situation due to terrorist attacks and the proliferation of illegal acts at sea, according to a statement from ECOWAS.

Indeed, it was at the end of their last meeting in Abidjan, that a number of recommendations were made including the operational strengthening of the forces of the frontline countries against terrorism, through training and acquisition of specific equipment, strengthening the logistical capacity of the forces of the frontline countries and financial support for the planning and conduct of joint operations along the borders of the frontline countries.

The latter will involve financial support from the ECOWAS Commission in the organization of the joint operation between Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo.

During their deliberations, members of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Staff Committee will discuss operational and logistical support priorities and the modalities for allocating these capacities to the states concerned.

The Chiefs of Staff Committee is an ECOWAS institutional body in charge of conflict prevention and management in the region and brings together all the Chiefs of the Armies of the 15 member-states of the West African organization.