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Effective collaboration is driving force for development

By
Morkporkpor Anku/William Fiabu, GNA

Accra, July 7, GNA – Mr Duncan Opare, the
Deputy Security Coordinator says effective collaboration between academia,
government institutions and the private sector has been the driving force for
development in the advanced countries.

He said conversely, there was no such link in
developing countries as academic institutions remained detached from industry.

Mr Duncan Opare was speaking at the opening of
a two-week Defence Management course for civil servants and military officers
at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Accra.

The course is to expose uniformed and civilian
personnel working within the security sector to the issues, principles and
techniques relevant to improving the governance and management of the defence
and security sector.

The course among other things is to
familiarise participants with the domestic framework within which security and
defence were both managed and delivered, to enable civil servants and military
officers to locate defence within the wider context of national and regional
security.

Mr Opare said the products of the country’s
educational system, upon leaving school had to be retrained at a greater cost
before they become useful to industries.

He commended the effective collaboration
between the College and other academic institutions to develop and run
practical programmes for the defence management course.

“The engagement between the College and the
Canfield University is highly commendable and should serve as an example to
bring in other academic institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies
(MDAs) as well as industry to develop new products and institute best
management practices to advance our country,” he added.

He called on the participants to use the
knowledge gained to impact positively on their respective sectors, nations and
Africa as a whole.

Lt Col Simon Westlake, the Defence Advisor to
the British High Commission in Ghana, said the UK government was committed and
ready to support the Ghanaian government to address and promote defence
management.

He commended the management of the College for
their efforts to continue to promote defence issues in the sub-region.

He said the UK government would continue to
work on the defence management course and provide funding support for the
course.

GNA

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