The ECOWAS devises $1bn plan to fight terrorism

Monday, 16 September 2019 17:35
The ECOWAS devises $1bn plan to fight terrorism

(Togo First) - ECOWAS has adopted a $1 billion five-year (2020-2024) plan to fight terrorism in the sub-region, Togo included. This was disclosed after an extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of State, last Saturday.

The new plan is based on eight strategic axes. Mauritania and Chad, two non-ECOWAS states are also adhering to the plan as they battle against terrorists as well.

Funds needed for the plan’s implementation will be mobilized at the national level, by all adhering countries.

In effect, the plan aims at accelerating harmonization and coordination of efforts of concerned States to tackle terrorism, direct sharing of information between these States, as well as training and equipping actors fighting the threat.  

Besides developing key investment programs in fragile zones, the plan should reinforce actions of the G5 Sahel joint forces and identify sources of financing of terrorism in the region, such as drug trafficking.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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