Angola takes over head of ACIRC


Angola has taken over the chair of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), and concluded the Utulivu Africa II exercise in support of the force.

Angola’s acceptance as chair took place on 27 August during the closing ceremony of the command post exercise Utulivu Africa II, which took place in Bengo province from 22 August and involved eight of the 14 ACIRC members. Brigadier Dídimo João Capingana was appointed for the post of ACIRC commander to represent Angola, Angop reports.
“We will develop a series of actions, mainly those aimed at maintaining the operational Command Post, to ensure our availability of response to the African Union warning sign,” he said.

South Africa headed up the ACIRC from July 2015 to June this year, with Angola’s term between July and December 2016. ACIRC members include Angola, South Africa, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Chad and Uganda.

In November last year South Africa hosted Exercise Amani Africa II, the first ever field exercise undertaken by the African Union Commission at continental level. It was designed to address gaps identified during the Amani Africa Command Post-Exercise, conducted in October 2010 in Addis Ababa. Amani Africa II tested the rapid deployment capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) and interim ACIRC.