The United States Ambassador has highlighted the importance of information-sharing to promote security emphasising Security Governance Initiative (SGI) reforms are “strategic, mutually reinforcing, and of mutual benefit.”

Stephanie S. Sullivan added that the United States will continue to stand firm in their partnership with and to support government in making the reforms. 

She made the remark when senior representatives from governments of the United States and Ghana participated in the fifth SGI Steering Committee Meeting at the West Africa Regional Training Center in Accra on Thursday. 

The event was attended by Madam Sullivan; Ghanaian National Security Coordinator, Joshua Kyeremeh; and retired U.S. Ambassador Michael Arietti, who serves as the U.S. government’s SGI Ghana Head of Delegation.

In their remarks, the senior Ghanaian and American officials underscored both countries’ commitment to improving security sector governance in Ghana. 

SGI focus area experts briefed Steering Committee members on progress achieved to date and goals established to strengthen mutually shared objectives.

The Initiative is a partnership between the US and Ghana governments aimed at improving the effectiveness of Ghana’s security sector and enabling the conditions for national prosperity. 

The United States also has SGI partnerships with Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia. 

Under SGI, in 2016 Ghana and the United States signed a Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP), which identified three priority areas of the partnership: Maritime Security, Border Management and Integration, and Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. 

The Administration of Justice serves as a cross-cutting theme.