Twenty Seven military, Police and civilian officers from Africa’s regional blocs are undergoing a training in a course designed for Integration mission planning at Rwanda Peace Academy.
The 2 week-long course is to equip African Standby Force (ASF) personnel with the techniques, procedures, tools and staff skills that will enable effective development of mission plan.
According to the Ministry of Defence the course has attracted trainees from the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), North African Regional Capability (NARC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the host Rwanda.
Maj. Gen. Charles Karamba, the Rwanda Airforce Chief of Staff said, “Integrated mission planning is more critical and relevant today than in the past because of complex nature of contemporary operating environment, diverse and complex Peace Support Operations mandates, and multi-dimensional nature of peace missions, as well as multiplicity and complexity of actors and stakeholders”.
The African Standby Force (ASF) is one of the pillars or tools of African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) that is at the disposal of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) for conflict management through the deployment of peace support operations to prevent and respond to crisis situations on the continent.