With changing priorities in its Mission, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), is reviewing its Mission Implementation Plan, in order to fast track key activities, detailed in its Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document, which provides a comprehensive basis for conducting operations, including training and mentoring of the Somali Police and the Somali National Army – while at the same time, creating a useful framework for stabilization, civil military activities, early recovery and reconstruction.
The AU Mission’s top leadership is meeting in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, to plan and draw a budget for crucial programmes and activities to be implemented under the new document. “As our tradition dictates, every year, AMISOM undertakes a review of its Mission Implementation Plan. This ensures that AMISOM’s core activities are aligned with its ever- changing operational and strategic landscape,” Ambassador Francisco Caetano
Madeira, the AU Special Representative for Somalia said, during the official opening of the weeklong meeting on Monday. The meeting will also serve as a budget-making platform, to ensure funding, to activities geared towards the implementation of tasks under the Somalia Transition Plan, as mandated by the UN Security Council Resolution 2431 (2018). The Plan sets priority activities to be undertaken by AMISOM before the 2020/2021 one-person-one-vote election. Ambassador Madeira noted that progress has been made, with the handover of key public institutions to the Federal Government of Somalia. He noted that the AU Mission is also reconstituting its Forward Operation Bases (FOBs), as required, to ensure gains already made are secured, following the drawdown of uniformed personnel, as mandated by UN Security Council Resolutions 2317 of 2017 and 2431 of 2018.