The Deputy Minister of Defence, Kofi Amankwa-Manu, has called for pragmatic and innovative solutions to fight the security challenges on the continent.
He said transnational organised crimes could not be fought with outmoded ideas and weapons and urged stakeholders to gear up and work vigorously to make the collaboration being sought after workable and meaningful to all.
Mr Amankwa-Manu said this on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of the two-day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEC) 2022 held at Burma Camp, Accra.
On exhibition were military equipment such as vehicles, weapons, communication gadgets, dronesand other devices used by the army were exhibited.
According to the deputy minister,the conference was aimed at prescribing how to achieve a safe a secured sub region which was raid off transnational organised crimes and terrorisms for socio-economic development.
“The past two days interactions between key industries players and operators from all over the world coupled with the display of cutting edge technology in the defence industry have been a plus in our quest to tackle these problems,” he stated.
He indicated that the equipment and ideas discussed provided a roadmap to the solutions needed adding that the contributions to discussions made would be of vital importance to seeking effective and practical measures to curb shared insecurities for the development of African economies.
The deputy minister said it was unfortunate that the security situation in some part of the continent continued to be a critical source of concern to the region and the rest of the world.
He stated that the effort to enhance the corporation between the Army, Navy and Airforce was particularly significant and should be followed through calling for a collective effort in tackling the rather worrying insecurity on the continent.
“We should also endeavour to leverage the networks developed during the IDEC and provisions in the regional security architecture of the Yaounde code of conduct to cooperate and collaborate for the improvement of security in the sub-region.
“I am hopeful that some strategies have been taken on board in your deliberation to deal with this canker which negatively affect the socio-economic development of some states of the continent,” the deputy minister said.
BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU