Kigali, 19 March 2017
The African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) is organising in Rwanda its third Command Post Exercise (CPX) dubbed "Utulivu Africa III", from 20-31 March 2017.
The ACIRC is a strategic security partnership between the African Union and Volunteering Nations to enable the AU to intervene on short notice in a crisis that may pop up on the African Continent. The ACIRC was put in place in 2013 to serve as an interim mechanism until the African Standby Force (ASF) becomes fully operational.
The ACIRC CPX Utulivu Africa III 2017 will be conducted at Rwanda Military Academy-Gako, Bugesera District. It will bring together around 200 military officers from the ACIRC Volunteering Nations. The Exercise is aimed at testing for confirmation the ACIRC operational readiness, as well as enhancing interoperability and cohesion among the ACIRC Volunteering Nations Defence Forces.
ACIRC Volunteering Nations include Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South-Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The CPX Utulivu Africa III will be officially opened on 25 March 2017. Local and international media represented in Rwanda are invited to attend.