Organised with the help of the GIZ- ECOWAS Peace and Safety Structure and Operations (EPSAO), a regional undertaking funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Improvement (BMZ), the launch occasion was attended by key stakeholders and related companions of the ECOWAS Regional Safety Division (RSD) together with representatives of The European Union, The German Authorities, Excessive Commissioners of ECOWAS Member States and related ECOWAS directorates. The Launch Occasion was additionally attended nearly by representatives from the African Safety Sector Community (ASSN), the Geneva Centre for Safety Sector Governance (DCAF), United Nations Improvement Programme (UNDP) Gambia, the African Union Fee (AUC), the Particular Consultant of the President of the ECOWAS Fee (SRPC) Workplace The Gambia, and the GIZ Police Programme in The Gambia.
Past launching the SSRG Coverage Framework – a complete report first signed and endorsed in June 2016 which promotes widespread safety requirements, the occasion additionally aimed toward reiterating the dedication of ECOWAS in the direction of the dissemination and implementation of the SSRG Coverage Framework inside Member States. Moreover, the launch ceremony served as a platform to decide to subsequent steps in the direction of the implementation of the ECOWAS Safety Sector Reform and Governance Coverage Framework, facilitate dialogue with companions (in addition to internally inside ECOWAS) on future actions for the total implementation of the Safety Sector Reform and Governance Coverage Framework, increase consciousness of the general public, the media and the establishments lively within the space of Safety Sector Reform and primarily increase the extent of stakeholder engagement.
Reiterating the aim of the SSRG framework, Dr Isaac Armstrong, who represented the President of the ECOWAS Fee, (H.E, Jean Claude Kassi Brou) said that SSRG primarily seeks to advertise widespread safety requirements within the area, complement nationally- led initiatives, and promote regional safety coordination and cooperation to successfully deal with new and rising safety challenges. “The SSRG just isn’t meant to interchange a Nationwide Safety Coverage or nationally led initiatives to advertise governance and reform of the safety sector however to enhance these” he clarified. “With the out there and complete bundle of the SSRG report, we should now construct on the momentum to help SSRG efforts in Member States.”
In her remarks, Ms. Cécile Tassin-Pelzer (Head of Cooperation of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS) acknowledged that the launch of the ECOWAS SSRG Coverage Framework got here at a “turning level for the area as it would help sensitization of stakeholders within the Member States past the safety establishments – together with civil society organisations, the media assume tanks, conventional and spiritual establishments which primarily contributes to inventive a conducive surroundings for efficient transformation and democratic reorientation of safety Establishments.”
Ms. Tassin-Pelzer additionally reminded stakeholders that “whereas we rejoice the progress made to date, it is very important stay sincere concerning the work that also must be completed”.
To buttress the factors made by the aforementioned audio system, Mr Bernt-Michael Gelpke, the Political Counsellor of the Germany Embassy highlighted that by means of the EPSAO undertaking, the German authorities stays dedicated to contributing to the creation of a safe and protected put up battle surroundings within the ECOWAS area by the use of enhancing consciousness and the implementation of the SSRG Coverage Framework. “We’re inspired by the preliminary indications and prospects of a protected and safe area as proven by the endorsement of the Coverage Framework by ECOWAS Member in June 2016 in addition to the event of an implementation plan. Up to now few years, we’ve got additionally seen some Members States taking noble steps in creating nationwide methods to handle issues related to safety sector governance of their respective international locations.” He said.
Mr Gelpke additionally used the chance to applaud the ECOWAS Fee on its efforts to advertise Safety Sector Reform and the launch of the coverage whereas reminding stakeholders of the dedication of the German Authorities to proceed to work together with the ECOWAS Fee in supporting the Safety Sector Reform and Governance agenda, as a part of the German Authorities’s efforts to foster safety and improvement in West Africa.
After the official handover of the English, French and Portuguese variations of the Coverage Framework, Mr. Samuel Baah-Duodu, thanked the ECOWAS Fee on behalf of the Everlasting Representatives Committee (PRC) and expressed the willingness of Ambassadors to contribute to the extensive dissemination and utilization of the ECOWAS SSRG Coverage Framework throughout the Member States.