The plenary meeting of the working group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) on West Africa, which kicked off, on 25th October, in Algiers, behind closed doors, marks the real transition of the working group on capacity building in the Sahel region to the “working group on capacity building in West Africa” to make from it a forum of exchange of experiences concerning priority fields, particularly regarding the fight against terrorism and extremism and their spread in West Africa while they were only limited to the Sahel region.
Minister Messahel said that « Algerian women played a decisive role in fighting & overcoming terrorism & in the success of National reconciliation Policy ».
The Dutch Special Envoy for antiterrorism hailed « Algeria’s role in the fight against terrorism” highlighting the efforts made by Algeria to fight this scourge both at the local and regional level and internationally.
A minute of silence was observed in memory of terrorism victims in Mali, Niger, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Somalia..
Launched in 2011, the GCTF is an informal, a-political, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that has strengthened the international architecture for addressing 21st century terrorism. Central to the Forum’s overarching mission is the promotion of a strategic, long-term approach to counter terrorism and the violent extremist ideologies that underpin it. The GCTF develops Good Practices and tools for policy-makers and practitioners to strengthen CT civilian capabilities, national strategies, action plans and training modules. It provides a forum for national CT officials and practitioners to meet with their counterparts from different regions to share experiences, expertise, strategies, tools, capacity needs, and capacity-building programs.
Algeria is among the 30 founding Members of the GCTF.
GCTF Website: https://www.thegctf.org/