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Ghana Ratifies AU’s Cross-Border Cooperation Treaty

Ghana Joins Forces with African Union to Enhance Continental Trade, Peace, and Security through Cross-Border Cooperation

by Motoni Olodun

Ghana recently ratified the African Union (AU) Convention on Cross-Border Cooperation, making it the eighth African nation to do so. The AU introduced this convention, also recognized as the Niamey Convention, in 2006.

It offers a foundation for member countries to engage collaboratively in trade, investment, transportation, energy, and environmental concerns. It introduces methods to mitigate and address border conflicts, bolstering peace and security across the continent.

In 2017, Ghana first signed the convention and later ratified it in February 2023. A ceremony was held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to commemorate this pivotal moment.

The Ghanaian delegation was led by Major General Emmanuel Kotia, the head of the Ghana Boundary Commission (GhBC). Accompanying him were officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. 

Bankole Adeoye, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, applauded Ghana’s dedication to peacefully and efficiently manage its borders. He expressed gratitude towards President Akufo-Addo and the citizens of Ghana for their roles in upholding peace and security throughout Africa. 

Adeoye also acknowledged the GhBC’s upcoming conference in Accra, set for October 2023. This conference will focus on maritime boundaries and international law, aiming to tackle the complexities of setting maritime borders in Africa. It will underscore the AU’s dedication to peacefully resolving marine disputes and boosting collaboration among African nations on naval matters.

The AU Commission has pledged to assist Ghana and its other members through its African Union Border Programme. This initiative seeks to improve border governance and foster integration across the continent.

The Niamey Convention has been ratified by ten countries, including Ghana. It needs five more ratifications to become fully active.

Source: Graphic Online.

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