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Addis Ababa, 9 March 2012; The Initial Planning Conference for the ‘AMANI AFRICA II’ Cycle concluded today in Addis Ababa. The three-day Planning Conference, which was the first major technical meeting defined the framework of the Cycle and established preconditions for its successful completion. The Planning Conference also considered several key documents including ‘Exercise Specifications’ (EXSPEC) and ‘Deployment Options for the Field Training Exercise’ (FTX) to be conducted in 2014.

The Conference was attended by 71 participants from the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution (RECs/RMs), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), African Peacekeeping Training Centres, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), United States Mission to African Union (USAU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

 

AMANI AFRICA II was officially launched on October 26, 2011 at the conclusion of the 5th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security (STCDSS) at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa.


Following the success of the first AMANI AFRICA Cycle, which culminated in a Command Post Exercise (CPX) carried out in October 2010, the AU and the EU, initiated a joint follow-up Cycle dubbed AMANI AFRICA II. The overall objective of AMANI AFRICA II, as endorsed by the 18th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa in January 2012, is to: “to validate the capacity of the African Union to mandate and employ a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) of the African Standby Force (ASF) as a start-up operation (Scenario 6) and to run a follow on full multidimensional peace support operation (Scenario 5)


The new tri-annual cycle will capitalize on the capacity already built and the lessons learned from the first AMANI AFRICA cycle to both contribute towards and validate the operational readiness of the Africa Standby Force (ASF) by 2015. The ASF is a core element of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), which provides the Peace and Security Council with the means to respond rapidly and conduct multidimensional interventions, as a measure of last resort, across a range of conflict scenarios.

Posted by Marsden Momanyi

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