Enhancing Peace and Security in the Eastern Africa Region

EASF Set to Operationalize

Opening_SessionMore than 300 participants from the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) have gathered at the Rift Valley City of Adama in Ethiopia for the final stage of the validation process of the regional Force. [Press Release]

CPX is organised in pursuit of attaining Full Operational Capacity (FOC), a year ahead of the Africa Standby Force (ASF) target of December 2015.

EASF is conducting a two-week Command Post Exercise (CPX) code named “Mashariki Salam 2014,” to symbolise “Peace in Eastern Africa” in preparation for operational capability which aims at responding to security threats in any of the Member States. EASF is a fortifying collective effort, matched by the political will of the EASF Member States to satisfy the existential need by ensuring collective security of the region.

In his remarks during the official opening ceremony today, the Defence Minister for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Siraj Fegessa, said “The event marked the achievement of an important milestone for the region and a landmark foundation on which to declare Full Operational Capability of EASF.”

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