REGIONAL DEFENCE CHIEFS TO MEET ON ECOWAS MISSION IN GUINEA BISSAU The Chiefs of Defence Staff and Inspector Generals of Police of troop/police
contributing countries to the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), are to
meet in Bissau, on Monday, 27th May, 2013 for the official hoisting of the
The security officials will also discuss the challenges confronting the
mission as well as the status of implementation of the Defence and Security
Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau.
Regional leaders at their Summit in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire on 28th
February 2013 welcomed the implementation of the DSSRP in Guinea Bissau within
the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the country and
ECOWAS and directed the President of the ECOWAS Commission to take all
appropriate measures to facilitate and sustain its implementation.
Among its functions, the 629-strong ECOWAS mission is to replace the Angolan
military personnel in Guinea Bissau, support the restoration of constitutional
rule, provide security for VIPs and guarantee the freedom of movement of
humanitarian agencies in the country, ahead of the planned DSSRP programme.
The troop/police contributing countries to ECOMIB are Burkina Faso, Nigeria,
Togo and Senegal.