VICTORIA, Seychelles, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / –
Seychelles participated in the 30th Policy Bodies Meeting (POM) of the East African Standby Force (EASF) held in Kampala Uganda from 13-17 December 2021. The POM consisted of three levels of meetings; the expert meeting, the East African Chiefs of Defense and Security (EACDS) meeting and the Council of Ministers meeting. EASF Political Body Meetings provide guidance for executing EASF affairs at the policy and management level.
Brigadier Michael Rosette, Head of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Seychelles, participated in the EACDS meeting and also attended the EASF Council of Ministers meeting on behalf of Minister E. Fonseka.
The discussion at the EASF Council of Ministers meeting covered technical issues addressed in the expert meetings and EACDS, including regional security issues, challenges of terrorism, cross-border crime and illicit trafficking and possible solutions.
The EASF is a regional organization whose mandate is to improve peace and security in the East African region. The organization currently has 10 active member states including Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Seychelles signed the Agreement establishing the reserve force and the political framework for the establishment of the East African Reserve Force on June 26, 2014 at the Extraordinary Summit of the East African Reserve Force Coordination Mechanism (EAFSCOM) held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and the Agreement was subsequently ratified on June 8, 2016.
The EASF Secretariat, located in Nairobi, Kenya, serves as the Secretariat for all EASF policy bodies, structures and activities in consultation with the relevant authorities of the Member States and the African Union. The Secretariat is headed by the current Director, Brigadier General Getachew Shiferaw Fayisa. Following the Director’s visit to Seychelles earlier this month, he emphasized the need for member states to participate in a physical meeting to address the issues faced by the member states themselves, as well as the institutional challenges faced by EASF as an organization, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The EASF POM concluded with a change of presidency as the EASF flag was handed over to Ethiopia as the new president of the outgoing president, which is the Republic of Djibouti.
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