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West Africa: Adoption of a series of measures to ensure security, integration and cross-border development

Border management officers from 11 member countries of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted a series of measures in Cotonou aimed at ensuring security, integration and Cross-border development of the community space, says a statement.

According to the communiqué issued at the end of the sub-regional seminar on cross-border cooperation in West Africa, held from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 November in Cotonou, the heads of management of border areas of ECOWAS member countries, recommended, the regional integration organizations (UEMOA, ECOWAS, AU), the need to identify, capitalize and disseminate innovative cross-border cooperation initiatives and to promote infrastructures for opening up cross-border areas.

They wished the States of the Community space, the same source stressed, the need to develop border areas through the implementation of socio-community infrastructures and to put a particular emphasis on prevention, especially through the territorial intelligence with the effective involvement of the population in the management of security issues.

This meeting on cross-border cooperation in West Africa enabled border management officers to identify avenues and actions to take to prevent violent extremism whose threat near borders is perceptible.

“It is at the level of borders that everything is born, because they are fragile, marginalized areas, gray areas, and one country can not face this threat”. Hence the need to get together and to combine efforts to face the challenge of securing borders”, says the same source.

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