Nairobi, 14 May 2015 -The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and partners have today concluded a consultative meeting aimed at reviewing the AMISOM Civil-Military (CIMIC) structures and strategizing on improved coordination with humanitarian actors in Somalia.
The three-day meeting follows the adoption of the Somalia Country Specific Humanitarian Guidelines by AMISOM and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in November last year. The guidelines stipulate principles and practices for AMISOM and humanitarian actors operating in the same environment. It is in this context that the meeting was organized to examine challenges and propose enhanced civil-military structures.
Speaking during the meeting, AMISOM Senior Humanitarian Liaison Officer Mr. Abdul Diabagate reiterated the importance of developing appropriate tools for delivery of the mission’s CIMIC obligations.
The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia Hon. Lydia Wanyoto, speaking on behalf of the Head of Mission Ambassador Maman Sidikou commended participants for the positive outcomes of the meeting and appealed for concerted efforts towards better execution of CIMIC activities.
“Civil-Military Cooperation is an extremely important force enabler and one of the mechanisms through which the mission can assist the Federal Government of Somalia in stabilizing the country. As such, it is imperative that an implementation plan be developed, taking into consideration the outcomes of the meeting,” she said.
The meeting was attended by the senior leadership of the African Union Mission in Somalia military and Police, representatives of various Troop Contributing Countries, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as well as UK partners.