Reviewing the progress on implementing the 2017 African Standby Force Training Directives.
The African Union Commission (AUC) hosted the 9th Annual Training Implementation Workshop (TIW), which was held in Libreville, Gabon in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) region from 24-27 October 2017. The TIW is an AU Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) annual activity that brings together key decision-makers at the Continental and Regional Planning Elements levels to coordinate and harmonize training activities with Training Centres of Excellence and Training Institutions (TCEs/TIs) in accordance with the African Standby Force (ASF) Training Policy and Directives.
This year’s annual workshop reviewed the progress on the implementation of the 2017 ASF Training Directives; reviewed the progress on the implementation of the Draft Maputo 5 year work plan on the further enhancement of the ASF. The also discussed the outcomes and recommendations of the verification of ASF pledged capabilities to ascertain concrete steps to address possible gaps and challenges on enhancing the capabilities of the ASF in discharging its roles and functions. The RECs also discussed their Standby Force’s readiness to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC) including the conduct of their planned Command Post Exercises (CPX) and Field Training Exercises (FTX) scheduled to take place in 2018 or 2019.
The workshop was attended by participants from the AUC, training partners, the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), TCEs/TIs and the five Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs),
ACCORD/TfP, provided funding support in a partnership with the AU PSOD to organise the event and was represented by Kitenge Fabrice Tunda and Precious Ngcobo, programme officer and programme administrator respectively in the Peacekeeping Unit respectively.