The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) concluded a three-day workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, to review the mission’s financial management and audit status and update stakeholders on the implementation of the goals of The mission.
Participants in the three-day workshop included representatives from ATMIS police and troop-contributing countries, namely Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Djibouti and Uganda, ATMIS officials and key departments of the Commission of the African Union that are crucial for the management of peace support operations, the management of human and financial resources and auditing.
During the workshop, participants received an update on mission progress and financial management, including processing death and disability liabilities, troop assignments, and third-party claims.
Acting Special Representative of the Chair of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Fiona Lortan, said the workshop provided stakeholders with an opportunity to address the challenges they face in managing the funds provided by the EU, the UN and other partners, in particular with respect to the processing of claims for death and disability, missing in action and other liabilities.
“ATMIS receives funding from the European Union.
In addition, we have a financial package from the United Nations for logistical support.
So we are here to discuss management and accounting to ensure that the funds provided are properly accounted for,” Lortan said.
The workshop also examined the database management system, identified ways to improve financial and internal control systems involving troop assignments, death and disability compensation payments, and reviewed mission assets.
Participants discussed the audit and funding status of ATMIS, and were briefed on the mission’s audit reports from key funding partners including the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Other topics discussed included a status report on ATMIS staff death and disability compensation, including backlog elimination, ATMIS Board of Inquiry challenges, and ATMIS standard operating procedures.
Selidji Gbaguidi, Chief of the AU Peace and Security Finance Division, presented a status report on compensation for death and disability claims from 2007 to 2020 at the workshop.
Kenya, Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla, who officiated at the opening, underscored the need for speedy processing of death and disability compensation.