Security forces from Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo have renewed their commitment towards developing new strategies for trans-border cooperation in the area of security, free movement of goods and people, child trafficking, drug smuggling and proliferation of small arms.
At a just ended two-day meeting at Kombissiri, Burkina Faso, they called on their governments to strengthen closer ties in dealing with trans-border crime, which over the years has negatively affected social and economic development in their countries.
Three regions – the Upper East Region in Ghana, the Savanna Region of Togo, and the Central East Region of Burkina Faso - have held annual meetings since 2009 to map strategies to fight trans-border crime.
Burkina Faso's Territorial Administration and Security minister Jerome Bougma said dangers of illicit proliferation of small arms in West Africa were enormous and this called for collaboration among neighbours.
"Most conflicts in West Africa are facilitated by the illegal importation and exportation of these illegal small arms" he noted.
Ghana's Deputy Upper East regional minister Lucy Awuni expressed optimism that cooperation between also improve their trade relations.
The ties have in the past seen the two countries arresting criminals who try to flee to neighbouring countries.
ASP Abdul-Latif Nbonwura, Ghanaian security official said emerging trends of trans-border crimes in the West Africa sub-region called for serious attention.