Abuja roundtable on transnational security issues
As part of its transnational security series, the Munich Security Council organised a roundtable debate on the eve of the ECOWAS summit on 28 June in Abuja. The event brought together high-level government representatives, security experts and business leaders from across the region. Participants discussed new ways to co-operate and counter illicit flows and other transnational crimes. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and President Christian Roch Kaboré of Burkina Faso introduced the debate. “The porous nature of our borders is a major challenge to our region. In this context, we will continue to count on the support of our international partners for new technologies to effectively police our borders,” declared President Buhari in his opening address. “We have taken important steps to address some of our security concerns through improved political governance as contained in the relevant regional mechanisms of ECOWAS, which I currently have the privilege of chairing,” he added. President Kaboré recalled that West Africa already has a way to make a “collective response,” notably within the G5 Sahel, which aims to combat transnational threats. “This collective response has contributed to strengthening regional co-operation and improving governance mechanisms,” President Kaboré declared. Participants discussed key findings from the transnational security report entitledm “Co-operating Across Borders: Tackling Illicit Flows”, which was officially launched during the event. The SWAC Secretariat participated in the event, along with many high-level participants such as former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Maman Sambo Sidikou, permanent secretary of the G5 Sahel.