A team of technical experts from the Peace and Security Department of the African Union have visited KAIPTC on a two-fold mission: to hold preliminary discussions on methodology for research on Ghana’s structural vulnerability assessment, and a planned establishment of a National Early Warning Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghana.
This interaction is part of the AU’s efforts to prevent conflict at the continental and regional levels, through the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS).
The delegation was received by AVM Griffiths Evans, Commandant, KAIPTC, Brig Gen Emmanuel Kotia, Deputy Commandant, Col Robert Affram, Director of Training, and Dr. Kwesi Aning, Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR).
Mr. Charles N. Mwaura, Expert, AU CEWS and Preventive Diplomacy, in a presentation, stressed that developments on the African continent over the past decades have led the AU to realize the need to engage member states on their structural vulnerabilities and resilience to conflicts.
He expressed delight over Ghana’s decision to be the first country to be subjected to the AU Country Structural Vulnerability Assessment (CSVA), scheduled to be conducted over a two-month period from August, 2017.
Mr. John Pokoo and Mr. Ernest Ansah Lartey, heads of the Conflict Management and the Peace and Security Studies Programmes respectively at KAIPTC, took turns to share their thoughts on the design and methodology for the research on the structural vulnerability assessment in Ghana.
The AU delegation, which comprised representatives from the Continental Early Warning System, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), and ECOWAS Early Warning Unit was accompanied by senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana.
The team was taken on a tour of KAIPTC’s facilities after scheduled meetings.