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Bringing together various regional entities to conclude the preparation of all necessary processes and requirements to conduct Command Post Exercises.
ACCORD/TfP participated in a SADC Exercise Planning Meeting that took place in Lilongwe, Malawi from 23 to 27 April 2018. This Planning Meeting was a 3rd in a series of earlier meetings with one more which is due in July 2018, that have been planned in preparation for the regional Command Post Exercise (CPX) taking place at a selected location in Malawi from 26 September to 17 October 2018. The CPX has been conceived following the announcement by the African Union Commission (AUC) that in line with the standby roster for conflict response on the continent, SADC will be next in for standby as of 01 January to 30 June 2019.
The Exercise Planning meeting brought together the following regional entities: the SADC Secretariat Planning Element constituting of the civilian, police, military and prisons/corrections planners, planners from the SADC Member States, the host government, Malawi planners, civil society organisations and specially invited local and regional private sector companies. The planning meeting focused on developing and concluding preparation of all the necessary documentation, processes and requirements that are central to the conduct of a CPX or any other exercise. The meeting also focused on ensuring that there is full and wide coordination, cooperation and consultation among all stakeholders to the exercise to guarantee the successful conduct of the event.
Participation in activities such as Ex UMODZI is in line with ACCORD/TfP Programme’s strategic goal of supporting efforts at strengthening the AUC and regional capacity and capability to plan, manage and implement Peace Support Operations (PSOs) on the continent through the enhancement of the ASF capacities. This initiative also seeks to contribute to improved sustainable capacity for the conduct of peace operations on the continent through ensuring effective functioning of organizational systems in the AU/RECs/RMs.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD is an initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ACCORD/TfP was represented by Brig. Gen. James Machakaire, Coordinator, Peacekeeping Unit and Precious Mtshali Programme Administrator PKU, For more information on ACCORD’s work relating to the TfP Programme, please contact Mr. Kitenge Tunda, Programme Officer, Peacekeeping Unit on Kitenge@accord.org.za.