Ambassador Robert Jackson’s Remarks at the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Signing with Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Madam Minister, Distinguished Guests, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, All Protocol Observed,

Good afternoon,

We are here today to sign the Security Governance Initiative Joint Country Action Plan, as recommended by the SGI Senior Steering Committee.

The Joint Country Action Plan, or JCAP, is the roadmap for a successful partnership under the Security Governance Initiative.

Ghanaian and U.S. experts worked together to identify the most appropriate and effective opportunities for SGI efforts in three focus areas:  1) Maritime security; 2) Border management; and 3) Cybersecurity and cybercrime.

We are especially thankful for the time and effort put into this process by the National Security Coordinator Yaw Donkor and his staff.

The recommendations provided by this document will inform SGI program design and implementation.

Following our signing of this important agreement today, we will begin developing SGI activities to support efforts in the three focus areas.

The JCAP is an important part of the SGI approach to improving security sector governance and supporting the Government of Ghana’s ability to more efficiently and effectively provide security and justice to its citizens.

We thank the Government and people of Ghana for your commitment to partnering with the United States in pursuit of stronger and more accountable security institutions.  We are excited about the work we are embarking on together.

Thank you.