Australia has committed $4.2 million to the Franco‑Ivorian International Counter‑Terrorism Academy, being delivered in partnership with France and Côte d'Ivoire.
“The Morrison Government is committed to keeping Australians safe from violent extremist groups that threaten the peace and cohesion of our society, and is proud to support international partners to do the same," Minister Andrews said.
The Academy was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Patrick Achi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, on 10 June 2021 at a ceremony in Jacqueville, Côte d'Ivoire. Australia was represented at the ceremony by its High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Mr Gregory Andrews.
“Australia's funding boost will ensure the International Counter‑Terrorism Academy build a sustainable counter‑terrorism capability in Africa that spans the region's military, police, judicial, and customs communities" Minister Andrews said.
“Australia will continue to work with international partners to counter violent extremism, and thereby make Australians safer."