The senior leadership team of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are undergoing a two-day leadership induction training on peace support operations.
The training, which started on Thursday at the mission headquarters in Mogadishu, is being done by a team of officials from the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, and the Secretariat for the Training for Peace Programme.
Maj. Gen. Francis Okello, the Chief of Plans and Operations Unit in the AU Peace Support Operations Division, PSOD, said the interactive training would enable the senior leadership team capitalise on gains made and delivery of the AMISOM mandate.
“We are trying to see how the practitioners (AMISOM) and the monitors (African Union) can work closely to fulfil the mandate of the mission,” explained Maj. Gen. Okello, the team leader.
According to Maj. Gen. Okello, the training would enable participants to appraise themselves, share experiences on mission management roles and responsibilities, and share lessons learned to shape future inductions.
Key topics that will be covered at the training include, the legal frameworks of the AU peace support operations and the AMISOM mandate – its current status, strategic leadership, mission leadership and management, safety and security, promotion of gender, protection of vulnerable persons and partner support.
In his remarks, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, expressed commitment to ensuring a fruitful and interactive engagement.
“We are here to undertake and implement the political decisions taken by the competent organs of our organisation – the Heads of States, the Peace and Security Council and other stakeholders. Each of our components have very clearly defined tasks – the police, military, and civilian and we will work to ensure we achieve the AMISOM mandate,” said Ambassador Madeira.
In attendance are the Deputy SRCC, Simon Mulongo, the AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Tigabu Yilma Wondimhunegn, the Police Commissioner, AIGP Augustine Magnus Kailie, the Head of Mission Support, Maj. Gen. Fidza Dludlu, and Acting Head of Finance, Lamin Sanyang.