U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) hosted senior-members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) between 13th and 16th November, 2019, to discuss long-term defense and security planning in the West African country.
AFRICOM’s five component commands, the Pentagon, the Department of State, the American Embassy to Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces attended the meeting, with time spent discussing the component commands’ 3-5 year training objectives with Ghana.
“We’re working toward the finalization of a bilateral country action plan,” said Swathi Veeravalli, AFRICOM foreign affairs specialist, “the intent is to collaboratively work with Ghana on security cooperation, from start to finish, to specify actionable objectives that enhance Ghana’s capabilities, as a peace-keeping and crisis response partner in the region.”
“The Ghana Armed Forces are well-known in West Africa as professional armed forces and we have similar values and respect for human rights, the U.S. knows this and sees us as a partner”, said Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah – Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters, GAF.
Partner efforts to enhance capabilities include U.S. Army Africa’s hosting of a medical readiness exercise to enhance GAF’s ability to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and additionally, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, assisted in improving GAF Navy’s Maritime Operational Center that provides around-the-clock domain awareness, to enforce maritime laws in the region.