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Musanze, 11 June 2018-

Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) has started an integrated Mission Planning (IMP) Course with 27 military, police and civilian officers from the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), North African Regional Capability (NARC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the host Rwanda.

In his opening remarks and on behalf of RDF leadership, Maj Gen Charles Karamba, the Rwanda Airforce Chief of Staff welcomed all participants and facilitators and reiterated to them that: “Integrated mission planning is much more critical and relevant today than in the past because of the complex nature of contemporary operating environment, diverse and complex Peace Support Operations mandates, and multi-dimensional nature of peace missions, as well as multiplicity and complexity of actors and stakeholders”.

In his welcome address, the Director of RPA, Col Jill Rutaremara, thanked the Rwandan Ministry of Defence and RDF for continued support and guidance. He also appreciated the support from the African Union Commission, the British Peace Support Team, UK government through the UK Military attaché to the African Union Lt Col Richard Welsh, for their continued endeavour in building capacity of the African Standby Force. 

The African Standby Force (ASF) is one of the pillars/tools of African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) that is at the disposal of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) for conflict management through the deployment of peace support operations to prevent and respond to crisis situations on the continent.

The aim of the 2 week-long course is to equip ASF personnel with the techniques, procedures, tools and staff skills that will enable effective development of mission plan.