ECOWAS MINISTERS TO DISCUSS STRENGTHENING OF REGIONAL EARLY WARNING CAPABILITY AT ACCRA MEETING Ministers of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) will at their meet
in Accra on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 discuss the political and security situation
in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest
developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National
Early Warning Mechanisms.
The establishment of the national platforms by Member States will enhance the
regional mechanism and promote greater efficiency of the region’s early warning
capability in confronting evolving peace and security threats.
The proposal is the outcome of a pilot study conducted in three member states in
2011 to “understand the prospects and challenges of institutionalising a scheme
through which national early warning data gathering and analysis can best be
coordinated and harmonised to address current peace and security challenges.”
The one-day MSC meeting, to be attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and
Defence, will be briefed by Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and
Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, on the latest developments in Guinea-Bissau where
successful legislative and presidential elections were held last May paving the
way for the inauguration of President Jose Mario Vaz on 23 June 2014.
The Ministers will also be briefed on the status of the post-transition reforms
in Guinea Bissau by a representative of President Jonathan, who chairs the
Regional Contact Group on the country.