The African Union Commission plans to conduct a police and civilian training exercise at the Eastern African Standby Force Brigade Headquarters from 29 October to 9 November 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The AU Police and Civilian Focused Exercise (POLCIVEX), dubbed ‘NJIWA,’ Kiswahili for ‘a dove’, which is a global symbol of peace, aims to build the police and civilian capacities of the African Standby Force (ASF) as a step towards achieving operational readiness by 2015. The exercise is also aimed at enhancing the multi-dimensional character of the ASF and was one of the needs identified by the AMANI Africa Command Post Exercise carried out in October 2010.
The official opening ceremony for the exercise will be held on 31 October 2012 at the AU Headquarters and thereafter the training will continue at the exercise location. The exercise will culminate in the ‘Distinguished Visitors Day’ also known as ‘Observer Day’ on 7 November 2012 at the exercise location.
It is expected that 100 participants comprising: a team which will oversee the exercise - Exercise Control, mentors, an evaluation team and a training audience drawn from the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution (RECs/RMs), and AU Member States will attend the exercise. Participants will also include experts from European Union (EU), the United Nations as well as partner institutions.