SOMALIA / SECURITY SECTOR PROGRESS REVIEW

11-Oct-2018 00:02:15
A day-long meeting of the Federal Government of Somalia, the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN and other key stakeholders, took place on Wednesday, to review progress made in the security sector, under the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS). AMISOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SECURITY SECTOR PROGRESS REVIEW
TRT: 2:15
SOURCE: AMISOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, meeting
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Mohamed, Federal Minister of Defence of Somalia:
“Technical work has been going on since then and we are happy to hold this meeting to update you on the progress made and discuss the implementation of the task before us.”
3. Wide shot, African Union and Somalia security officials
4. Med shot, Military observers from other countries listening.
5. Med shot, AU Special Representative for Somalia together with his deputy
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Mohamed, Federal Minister of Defence of Somalia:
“Currently we are conducting disruption operations in the Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle and Hiiraan, which were planned with the support of AMISOM, designed to keep the Al-Shabaab off balance.”
7. Med shot, deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia Simon Mulongo taking notes.
8. Close up, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, Christine Alalo
9. Close up, Ethiopian military officer
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, AU Special Representative for Somalia:
“A lot of work has since been done and today we are better informed on what the theatre of our operations look like and what is expected from each one of us”
11. Med shot, Foreign military observers listening.
12. Med shot, AMISOM military officer and foreign military officials listening.
13. Med shot, AMISOM Police officers from Zimbabwe and Ghana and other officials listening
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, AU Special Representative for Somalia:
“AMISOM forces continue to deliver and is fully committed to implementing its mandate and the transition plan by protecting the MSRs (Main Supply routes), key installations, key population centres, despite the challenges faced; while conducting the military operations in Jubbaland, South West and HirShabelle states; and the Benadir Regional Administration”
15. Wide shot, AMISOM, Somali government and other key security stakeholders at the meeting.
STORYLINE
A day-long meeting of the Federal Government of Somalia, the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN and other key stakeholders, took place on Wednesday, to review progress made in the security sector, under the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS).

The CAS Strand 1 meeting, co-chaired by the Federal Minister of Defence Hassan Ali Mohamed and the AU Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira assessed progress made in the implementation of the Comprehensive Approach to Security, a component of the Security Pact, signed in London in May 2017, and which seeks a holistic approach to addressing the Somalia’s security challenges.

“Technical work has been going on and we are happy to hold this meeting, to update you on the progress made and discuss the implementation of the tasks before us,” said the Defence Minister Hassan Ali Mohamed in his opening remarks.

“Currently we are conducting disruption operations in the Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle and Hiiraan, which were planned with the support of AMISOM, designed to keep the Al-Shabaab off balance,” the minister told the meeting.

CAS is hinged on three key strands notably political agreements and links between the Federal Government and Federal Members states; which among others, includes the agreement on the National Security Architecture; countering violent extremism and integration of the national army. It is also pegged on the security of the 2020 elections; and reformed security institutions.
“Today we are better informed on what the theatre of our operations look like and what each one of us needs to do,” Ambassador Madeira stated, adding that AMISOM troops would “continue to deliver”, with the Mission remains “fully committed” to implementing its mandate and the Transition Plan.

The AU troops have been engaged in protecting the Main Supply Routes (MSRs), key installations and key population centres; as well as intensifying military operations in Jubbaland, the South West and HirShabelle states; and the Benadir Regional Administration, Ambassador Madeira stated.


In addition to reviewing progress made in the security front, the meeting also reviewed AMISOM’s Operational Readiness Assessment (ORA), among others.

ORA, one of the tasks accomplished by AMISOM as set out in its plans last year, audited the state of the Somali security forces both at the federal and regional state levels.
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