Akufo-Addo to host next UN peacekeeping summit
The Ghanaian capital has been chosen to host the next edition of the UN Ministerial Conference on Peacekeeping. It should take place in the first week of December 2023.
As the serving ECOWAS president, Nana Akufo-Addo has been heavily involved in the series of crises which have affected the west African region over the last year or so. To handle the burning issues they have thrown up, as Ghana prepares to take up its seat on the UN Security Council, the Ghanaian head of state, himself a former foreign affairs minister, has been relying on a small group of loyal supporters and an extensive diplomatic network.
Japan's foreign affairs minister Toshimitsu Motegi will hold a meeting with more than 20 African foreign ministers on 6 and 7 November. The talks, which will take place remotely, should allow Tokyo to give a broad outline of its Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), scheduled for the first half of 2022
The Indian defence, construction, and engineering conglomerate Limco is to carry out its first operation on the African continent. It has been appointed site manager for the construction of more than a thousand civilian housing units for the Ghanaian army, and it also intends to sell its security services in the region.
The current holder of the ECOWAS rotating chair, Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo, is intending to make the Sahel a central priority of his term at the helm of the regional organisation at a time when jihadist groups are extending their networks into countries lying on the west African coast.
Following the murder in early October of Ekow Quansah Hayford, an MP for the president's New Patriotic Party (NPP), in the midst of the general election campaign, the Ghanaian parliament has decided to beef up the security arrangements for MPs by deploying an additional 200 police officers.
As the fallout of the 18-August coup continues to rock the country, the head of the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, should have his mandate extended until April. But the debate on who will succeed him is back on and Washington is still pushing for David Gressly.