AU’s annual ASF training workshop kicks off in capital

The importance of training for the effective implementation of mandates in African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations cannot be overemphasised, Deputy Executive Director of the Ministry of Defence, Wilhemine Shivute has said.

Shivute made this remarks while delivering a keynote speech at the African Standby Force (ASF) Annual Training Implementation Workshop here on Wednesday.

Shivute noted the workshop will also review progress made on the implementation of the ASF Training Policy and Directive that prioritise training activities at continental, regional and member State levels.

With changing nature of conflicts in Africa, the training we offer our personnel should respond to and reflect our changing needs, she said.

Shivute stressed that with personnel being deployed to increasingly complex and often hostile environments, the training received must prepare them for their tasks and improve their performance in peace support operations.

She went on to say the training responds to the changing nature of AU Peace Support Operations which will save lives and reduces fatalities.

Shivute noted that the design and implementation of training therefore must be seen not only as shared responsibilities between the AU and Member States, but also as a strategic investment in peace support operations.

The workshop is expected to offer an opportunity to the African Union to engage with partners on the harmonisation of technical support for continental and regional training activities in accordance with the ASF Training Policy and Directives, she said.

Shivute commented the leadership of the AU for selecting Namibia as a host country and proud to be part of this important event.

ASF is an international, continental African, and multidisciplinary peacekeeping force with military, police and civilian contingents that acts under the direction of the African Union.

The ASF is to be deployed in times of crisis in Africa.

A three-day' workshop is aimed at coordinating and harmonising training activities with Regional Economic Communities, Regional mechanisms, Training centres of excellence.

The workshop was attended AU member States including Algeria, Angola, Egypt,, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, amongst others.

The workshop commenced on the 23 to 25 October 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency