The EU-funded CT-Just and NORPREVSEC programmes have jointly participated in an activity to train Ghanaian security forces in counter-terrorism
The European project CT-Just has been invited to participate in an activity carried out in the framework of the Northern Border Regions Security and Violence Prevention (NORPREVSEC) programme, a crucial initiative to foster Ghana’s cooperation with neighbouring nations and international organisations. This activity has brought together over one hundred personalities committed to the fight against terrorism and organised crime, particularly in the northern regions of Ghana.
CT-Just, in line with NORPREVSEC’s objectives, has focused on strengthening and enhancing the counter-terrorism training capabilities of Ghana’s security forces. The European Union, through its Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI), has identified this activity as an ideal opportunity to present CT-Just, promoting its integration into the work streams of the EU Delegation in Ghana and establishing key connections with relevant Ghanaian security actors, including its National Counter-Terrorism Fusion Centre.
In its presentation, CTJust was perfectly aligned with the objective of enhancing police and judicial cooperation, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of CT-Just’s mechanisms in security and justice, as well as a holistic view of the project. Its impact on strengthening the criminal justice chain against terrorism, improving preventive and operational security capabilities, and fostering multilateral and cross-border cooperation was highlighted. The importance of the military in the Sahel as the first line of response to terrorist attacks was underlined, highlighting the need for specialised training for police forces in the collection and handling of evidence post-military intervention.
The EU Delegation and the Ghana National Counter Terrorism Fusion Centre stressed the importance of coordinating CT-Just initiatives with entities such as UNODC Ghana and the European CRIM-JUSTICE project. This collaboration seeks to unify efforts and ensure synergistic cooperation in the fight against terrorism, with a special focus on the judicial aspect.