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9th Annual African Standby Force workshop confirms adherence to training directives

The workshop was the 9th in a series of consultations that brings together key decision-makers at the continental and regional levels to coordinate and harmonize training activities.

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08 November 2017

The 9th Annual African Standby Force (ASF) Training Implementation Workshop (TIW), hosted by the Economic Community  of Central Africa States (ECCAS), was conducted by the AU Commission with the aim to provide training guidance for the continuous enhancement of the ASF.  Specifically, the objectives of the 9th TIW were to:

  1. Review the progress on the implementation of the 2017 ASF Training Directives:
  2. Issue the 2018-2020 ASF Training Directives to guide ASF training and capability development; and
  3. Review and determine progress on the implementation of the Draft 2016-2020 Maputo 5-year Work Plan on the Enhancement of the ASF, with regards to training and capability development.

 

The workshop was the 9th in a series of consultations that brings together key decision-makers at the continental and regional levels to coordinate and harmonize training activities. The workshop was attended by approximately 70 participants, drawn from the AU Commission, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), Defense Advisers/Attachés (DA), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), Training Centers of Excellence/Training Institutions (TCEs/TIs) and training partners. IPSS was represented by Lettie Longwe, Programme Management and Institutional Development Team Leader.

 

The workshop included AU and RECs/RMs updates and discussions on the following:

  • Session I: ASF Training Directive 2017 Review and Updates.
  • Session II: Relations and Coordination with TCEs/TIs.
  • Session III: Training and Exercise Plans and Projections: 2018 and Beyond.
  • Session IV: APSTA Updates and Plan for 2018.
  • Session V: Status of the ASC Roster Process.
  • Session VI: Overview of AU Abridged SML Course.
  • Session VII: Training on Conduct & Discipline, IHL & Human Rights Compliance and Accountability.
  • Session VIII: Mission Training Updates (AMISOM & MNJTF)
  • Session IX: APOLLO Platform (E-Library & E-Learning Concept).
  • Session X: General Updates on the ASF Post-Maputo Strategic Plan.
  • Session XI: Presentation of Draft Documents.

In general, the 9th Annual ASF TIW confirmed that all RECs/RMs adhered to the 2017 Training Directives and ensured that training programs conducted were primarily offered to restored and pledged capabilities. The workshop also determined concrete processes that must be undertaken to further enhance the ASF in line with the 2016-2020 ASF Training Directives to guide ASF training and capability development for this period.

 

 

Furthermore, the AU, RECs/RMs and Member States reiterated that they will ensure regional and national TCEs/TIs focus on the strategic pillars, priorities and objectives of the 2018-2020 ASF Training Directives to further enhance the ASF. In this regard, the AUC and the RECs/RMs are expected to extend the necessary support to TCEs/TIs in ensuring the successful implementation of the training initiatives outlined in the Directives.

 

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