The final session of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (CIRC) meeting of Volunteer Nations closed on 29th Aug 2017 at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala – Uganda.
In his submissions, the AU commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, called on Heads of State and Government of the ACIRC VNs to participate in the next meeting to take place on 9 November 2017 at the second Extraordinary Meeting in Adis Ababa Ethiopia.
Ambassador Smail Chergui said security challenges like violent conflicts, drought, terrorism, religious extremism and forced displacement continue to impact heavily on the African continent.
In his own words Smail reminded the audience how recently Africa witnessed terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso which claimed the lives of 19 people, while over 400 people lost their lives in the mudslides in Sierra Leone.
He noted that addressing these crises and disasters is a critical priority for the AU states and AU remains steady fast in implementing all its programmes.
Earlier on while opening the final session of the Ministerial meeting, Uganda’s Prime Minister The Rt. Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda thanked volunteer member countries of ACIRC for actualising the vision of African leaders by swiftly responding to conflicts on the African continent.
He reminded the meeting that the event is taking place against a backdrop of barbaric attacks on AMISOM peacekeepers that have led to loss of lives.
“I would like to assure our people and the continent that our gallant soldiers did not die in vain. We continue to reaffirm our commitment to advancing the aspirations of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to a stable and peaceful Africa,” Rt Hon Ruganda noted.
Dr Rugunda added that, as ambassadors of peace, its time for ACIRC VNs to review the political and cultural dynamics that lead to various forms of conflict and wars and re-align strategies to emerging conflict situations and scenarios that include early warning systems.
During the three days deliberations, the Ministerial meeting of ACIRN VNs came out with a number of resolutions that include: choosing Chad to host the next meeting at the level of head of states and Government in 2018.
Other resolutions were; ACIRC VNs to second officers to the AU Continental Early warning System, need for a specific budget meeting by mid October 2017 and adopting the 2018/2023 Framework Nation Standby Roster.
Noted in attendance was the Minister Of State for Defence and veteran Affairs (General Duties) Hon Charles Engola, Uganda’s Chief Of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi, Uganda’s Joint Chief Of Staff (JCOS) Maj Gen Joseph among others.