The German Armed Forces Advisory Group (GAFTAG) held a reception to hosted various stakeholders on Thursday 15 September 2022 at the German Ambassador’s residences at Ridge in Accra. It was aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties that exists between GAFTAG and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF)
The Chief of Staff (COS) at the General Headquarters, Major General Nicholas Peter Andoh who was in attendance on behalf of the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, extended his heartfelt appreciation to GAFTAG and the German government for their immense contribution to the development of projects and the supply of logistics to GAF.
According to him, Ghana and Germany has had a long lasting relationship at the multilateral and the bilateral level which has created an enabling environment for a strong and mutually partnership.
General Andoh stated that through cooperation with GAFTAG, GAF has tremendously from the German government especially after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both countries in 2001. He applauded GAFTAG for the establishment of the Mobile Headquarters for the ECOWAS Standby Force in the sub region, a resource which has been key in dealing with threats.
The German Ambassador to Ghana His Excellency Daniel Krull in his remarks hinted that the sub region in recent times has seen some threats adding that although Ghana has not seen such armed attacks it was prudent to secure its territorial borders. He took the opportunity to thank the Head of Mission for GAFTAG, Lieutenant Colonel Bernd Frei for fostering Ghana-German relations in the field of security.
Lt Col Frei on his part recounted some of the developmental projects GAFTAG has executed for the GAF over the years citing the establishment of the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Center as the beginning of the collaboration. He added that some of the projects included the establishment of the Mobile Headquarters for ECOWAS Standby Force, Base Workshop, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Technical Training School, Engineer Training School, cooperation with the Defense Intelligence, the National Dog Academy and the Signal Training School has all benefited massively from the support of GAFTAG.
He disclosed that the MoU has been extended to 2024 and that a lot of projects have been outlined for the Northern borders of Ghana with Burkina Faso to help tighten security in the region.