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Terrorism affects the socio-economic life of some African countries – Minister of National Security

He said it was on record that as of June 28, there had been 17 terrorist attacks on the mainland, killing 574 people and injuring many more.

The minister made the remarks during the first regional high-level course on the prevention of violent extremism for the West Africa region.

It was organized by the Swiss Embassy in Accra in partnership with the African Center for Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) of the African Union with the support of the Human Security Research Centre-Ghana.

Mr. Kan-Dapaah said that the activities of these terrorists who created a lot of misery and challenges to normal social life continue unabated, which worries the mainland.

He said it was time for African countries to collaborate and cooperate with each other to take pragmatic measures to stop the deterioration of the security situation in the Sahel and coastal areas of West Africa where their activities were rampant.

He said an innovative approach was the necessary measure to counter terrorism and violent extremism, adding that an innovative approach was needed to maintain peace and security in Africa, especially in the sub-region.

Mr. Philipp Stalder commended the government for the attention it pays to finding lasting solutions to the multiple challenges facing the entire sub-region.

He said it was also commendable that at a time when fears of terrorism and violent extremism have become common in the sub-region, African countries have seen fit to mobilize resources to combat canker.

Mr. Stalder said that when West African states were concerned about their security situation in the region and sought answers to the violence, it was time to examine more deeply the question of whether the causes of violence had been adequately addressed.

Given the circumstances that led to the birth of the course, he said, the Swiss Foreign Ministry launched the new program in 2016 for the prevention of violence based on a vision shared with the Secretary General of the United Nations that prevention should be a priority, saying “this requires our ability to tackle the various causes such as the political, economic, social and cultural problems that generate armed violence in our societies and maintain the wave of terror.

He said that it was on this path that the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the CAERT which has joined 30 partners for the program to work since, adding that thanks to the initiative, several thousand people have made prevention of violence a path to be consolidated through dialogue.

Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel Region (UNOWAS), said that terrorism and violence are usurpers of peace and security.