UNODC supports Ghana to enhance police cooperation to combat terrorism

23-25 March 2021

ACCRA  Technological tools to combat terrorism such as Afripol and Interpol databases, the use of financial intelligence units to efficiently prevent terrorism financing, the gathering of digital evidence during prosecutions proceedings and the collection of battlefield evidence in military operations were discussed at a workshop organized by UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch that gathered national counter terrorism experts from Ghana.

The experts were able to identify good practices in the field of intra and inter-agency cooperation in the context of counter-terrorism, and identify national and regional vulnerabilities related to police cooperation in the context of counter-terrorism. This activity was held under the scope of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum West Africa Working Group and funded by Germany.

Ghana has shown a long-standing interest in counter-terrorism, and has recently established a counter-terrorism coordination committee, sanctions regimes, and a financial surveillance system through its financial intelligence unit.

The opening ceremony of the workshop was attended by the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Ghana, Mr. Charles Iheanacho Abani, and the German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mr. Christoph Retzlaff. They both underlined that police cooperation is a very high security priority for Ghana.

Given the increasing number of terrorist attacks and the multiplicity of terrorist groups in West Africa, enhanced cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the region has become essential. However, there are still many challenges blocking effective cooperation: porous borders, deficiencies in information sharing, technological shortcomings or the link between cross-border terrorism and transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking.

To address these challenges, the Regional Office for West and Central Africa of UNODC has been supporting countries like Ghana through efforts to enhance knowledge and skills, and promote cooperation. The recently concluded workshop was part of these efforts.

This activity is part of the project in support of the GCTF West Africa Working Group programme, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany.