A retired United States (US) Diplomat and currently the head of the US Security Government Initiative (SGI) in Ghana, Michael Arietti has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa in his office at Burma Camp on Monday 20 January, 2020.
He was accompanied by the current US Ambassador to Ghana, her Excellency Staphanie Sullivan.
The purpose of their visits was to inform the CDS of the upcoming SGI Programme scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21 January 2020. The programme is aimed at improving the effectiveness of Ghana’s security sector and enabling the conditions for national prosperity.
He highlighted the need for effective measures on maritime areas against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in other to secure the maritime domain and possibly create a sustainable fishing environment.
Mr Arietti however stressed on the need for Ghana to move from the development stage to the implementation stage of the Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP) in other to improve the security sector.
On her part, the US Ambassador commended the Ghanaian Government for their robust collaboration and stated that, there was the need for both parties effort to be in one direction hence the need to foster JCAP
JCAP is a shared document that outlines a roadmap for a successful partnership under the SGI and identifies three focus areas such as Maritime security, Boarder management and Integration, and Cybercrime and Cyber security.
The Chief of the Defence Staff expressed his profound gratitude to the delegation. He assured them to share the information with relevant authorities and assure them of Ghana’s collaboration.
The CDS presented a plaque to the former Ambassador.