13th African Standby Force training implementation workshop

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Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on ASF trainings and jointly explore alternative mechanisms

The African Standby Force (ASF) Training Implementation Workshop (TIW), takes place annually to take stock of the effects and changes experienced by the African Union (AU).  This TIW workshop was held virtually, on 2-3 December 2021. Members of the African Union, AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), Training Centres of Excellence and Training Institutions (TCEs/TIs), and AU mandated operations, attended the workshop. 

Whilst presenting on their roles in ensuring the continuation of trainings for the ASF and the implementation of the ASF Training Directives (2021-2023), the members  managed to assess the implementation of recommendations that was made during the 12th ASF TIW; review the progress made on the implementation of the ASF Training Directives (2021-2023), identify challenges and gaps, and recommended remedial actions; and evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on ASF trainings and jointly exploring alternative mechanisms for successfully delivering training. 

The 13th TIW also allowed for the coordinating and harmonizing training initiatives and resources between the AU, RECs/RMs, Member States, TCEs/TIs, and AU mandated operations, in response to the complex challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that significantly impacted peace operations implementation of trainings across the African region.