Ghanaian Member of the Parliament visits ACSRT

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On Wednesday 17 May 2017, the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation/ Director ACSRT, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. received the Ghanaian Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Hon Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko at the ACSRT Offices. Hon Agyarko who was on an official visit to Algiers as a participant of the World Pharmaceutical Forum, took advantage of his presence in Algiers to visit the ACSRT and receive a brief on the role of legislators in the shaping of appropriate response to the Violent Extremism situation in Africa.

After an overview of the Violent Extremism Situation in Africa, the legislator was briefed on the primary requirement for an appropriate legal framework at the national level, within which both a National Strategy and structures for the delivery of response to Violent Extremism are to be shaped. The African Model Anti Terrorism Law was recommended as the guide for AU Member States in the framing of their national anti-terrorism legislation. The discussion asserted the central role of the legislature in ensuring accountability, good Government-Civil relations and a Human Security approach to National Security policy design as a means of ensuring a Whole-of- Society, Community, Women and Youth participation in the development of Counter Violent Extremism Plans of Action for individual communities in the promotion of a resilient society.

The need for cross border cooperation among AU Member States within the context of Regional Economic Cooperation and the need to review the educational and upbringing systems of the youth in order to emphasize the values required for tolerance and peaceful co-existence were also covered during the brief.