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Addis Ababa, 15 December 2016: The Security Sector Reform (SSR) Consultation and Planning Workshop for the RECs, RMs and partners ended in Addis Ababa on 15 December 2016.

The main objective of the workshop was for the AU, the RECs, RMs and partners to share experiences in SSR, reflect on the challenges of SSR implementation, improve coordination in the provision of SSR support to Member States, and to highlight the SSR priorities for 2017 and 2018.

The workshop was attended by twenty five participants including AU staff, representatives from RECs/ RMs headquarters, RECs/ RMs Liaison Officers at the AU, the United Nations, the European Union, the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), the International Organization for the Francophone, (OIF), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and the Africa Centre for Security Studies (ACSS).

The meeting received presentations from the AU, the UN, the EU and other partners, and from the RECs and RMs (NARC, IGAD, EAC, ECOWAS, SADC, and COMESA). ECOWAS has already developed the ECOWAS Policy Framework for Security Sector Reform and Governance and it was adopted in June 2016. It was noted that the majority of RECs and RMs are still in the early stages of the development of their SSR structures, but SSR has not yet taken root in the NARC region because of the many conflicts that took place in North Africa in the past few years.

On the way forward, participants proposed that similar workshops be conducted to improve collaboration and coordination of AU, RECs, and partner support to the SSR initiatives of Member States. Partners pledged to continue to support the SSR activities of the AU, the RECs/RMs and Member States.

Posted by Kodjo Tchioffo

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