Friday April 5, 2019
Nairobi – The European Union has
pledged its continued commitment to support the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) to implement key programmes and activities under the
Somalia Transition Plan.
The commitment was made, yesterday, at the opening of the AMISOM
budget meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, by the Team Leader of the
EU-Africa/African Peace Facility at the Brussels-based European Union
Commission, Jorge Pereiro Pinon.
“European Union member states have pledged in principle to support AMISOM activities for the period 2019/2020,” Mr. Pinon said.
The 28-country trade bloc is the largest contributor to African Union
peace support operations, and through the African Peace Facility, the
EU has been supporting AMISOM since 2007.
The EU funds cover allowances for AMISOM troops and police,
international and local civilian staff salaries, operational costs of
the Mission’s offices and the Al Jazeera Training Camp among others.
Mr. Pinon said the support demonstrates the strong partnership
between the EU and the African Union, adding that the trade bloc will
continue assisting AMISOM in implementing the Somalia Transition Plan as
mandated by the UN Security Council and the African Union.
The Somalia Transition Plan is a comprehensive document, developed by
the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners, to guide the
transfer of security responsibility to Somali National Security Forces
ahead of AMISOM’s exit in 2021.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, was thankful for the continued
support of the EU and other partners.
“I recognize and thank the immense contribution of our partners,
especially the European Union, the United Nations through UNSOS (United
Nations Support Office in Somalia) and UNSOM (United Nations Assistance
Mission in Somalia), who have demonstrated to be important and reliable
partners of the African Union in the journey to bring peace and
stability in Somalia,” Ambassador Madeira said.
His sentiments were echoed by the UNSOS Chief of Operations and
Resource Management, Harjit Dhindsa, who noted that budgeting and
finance will remain core to UNSOS operations in order to help AMISOM
troops carry out operations effectively.
“The budget discussions come at a time of reduced funding when the
Mission is expected to do more using the available resources to
implement the Somalia Transition Plan,” Mr. Harjit added.
Apart from the EU, UNSOS is another key funder, providing logistical
field support to AMISOM troops and Somali National Security Forces
during joint operations.
ASP. Alusine Dumbuya, the AMISOM police Project Officer in the Reform and Restructuring Department, speaks during the handover of policy documents to Jubbaland Police Force in Kismayo, Somalia on 1 April 2019. AMISOM Photo
Commenting on budgeting-making, Biodun Adeyemo, the Acting Director
of Programming, Finance, and Accounting said the decision by the AU
Heads of State to reduce AU budget by US$32 million, during their Summit
in February 2019, would impact on its programmes and activities.
Despite the financial challenges, Mr. Adeyemo noted, the AU will
continue supporting AMISOM in its efforts to stabilize the horn of
“Notwithstanding these challenges, the Commission is committed to
implementing the Johannesburg 2015 decision of the member states, that
is, supporting 100 percent of operational budgets, 75 percent of
programmes and 25 percent of peace support operations,” Mr. Adeyemo
The two-day meeting is being attended by officials from the European
Union, United Nations, African Union Commission and AMISOM.
Representatives of multilateral agencies and foreign missions accredited
to Somalia are also in attendance.