A new document that contains details of a Ghana-US military base deal that was signed by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration under President John Evans Atta Mills has emerged.
The document which was ‘leaked’ by the Daily Guide reveals that Ghana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States government to establish a regional training base for law enforcement and criminal justice organization in Ghana.
The document suggests that Ghana and the US, as well as other international organizations, were to implement a regional training base that would focus on combating transnational crime and also to build criminal justice sector capacity in the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Per the agreement, the US government would establish a Regional Training Centre that would utilize “physical space in an existing facility in Accra and have close proximity to the Kotoka International Airport and other supporting facilities for lodging, food and transportation.”
Some of the clauses of the agreement also exempted “all equipment, material, and articles that may be imported for use in implementing the programme of all customs duties and taxes concerning their entry into Ghana, in accordance with current national legislation within the framework of non-reimbursable international technical cooperation.”
However, the MoU also granted “the issuance of temporary official visas at no cost that may be required for instructors, consultants, advisers and students with the purpose of attending the regional training centre.”
The MoU, according to information available to YEN.com.gh was signed by Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, then National Security Coordinator and Donald G. Teitelbaum, then US Ambassador to Ghana.
According to the leaked document, the United States government was to establish a regional training center in Ghana that would run indefinitely.
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