Accra, Jan. 31, GNA - President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday joined his counterparts, to lay the foundation
stone for the construction of a new head office for the Committee of
Intelligence & Security Service of Africa (CISSA).
The ceremony was hosted by the Equatorial Guinean leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who was assisted by Nana Akufo-Addo and the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir,
The CISSA is a body made up of 51 African Union (AU) member states established in January 2005 by the endorsement of Heads of State and Government of the Union to share information on the security threats confronting the continent.
The ceremony, which took place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, was done on the side lines of the Ordinary Session of the 28th Assembly of the AU.
The Heads of State agreed on the need for reforming the AU to make it more responsive to meeting the aspirations of ordinary Africans, as well as adopting new approaches in dealing with the peace and security challenges of the Continent.
President Akufo-Addo’s participation in the ceremony is part of his commitment to ensure unity and stability on the African continent.
President Mbasogo offered to bear the cost of construction of the new office estimated at $ 20 million.
The Equatorial Guinean leader said the formation of the CISSA was to fight the multiple security challenges confronting the Continent and to serve as a mechanism for dialogue, analysis and adoption of common strategy among security agencies.
He noted that the Continent in the last few years had been plagued by a number of security threats evident in wars and terrorism.
He said it was for that reason that countries in Africa decided to combine their strength and resources to fight these security threats.
“For CISSA to play its crucial role regarding security and threat prevention, it is necessary to have the structure that would enable it fight the security threats that confront Africa,” he said.
He said the threats confronting the Continent had become transnational and therefore, required borderless co-operation and collaboration among and between intelligence and security services.
The decision to establish CISSA was made on 26 August 2004 in Abuja, Nigeria by Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa.
At the January 2005 AU Mid-Term Assembly of the Union, the Heads of State and Government endorsed the establishment of CISSA through Decision 62.
The creation of CISSA was necessitated by the need to share information on security threats confronting Africa, which had become transnational in nature and therefore require borderless cooperation and collaboration among and between Intelligence and Security Services in Africa.
The Mandate of CISSA is to provide the African Union Commission (AUC) and its Member Services with timely and insightful intelligence, which would assist them in making informed decisions.
It is also a platform where Member Services exchange intelligence, expertise and experiences while dealing with common threats that affect the Continent.