Source: British Embassy Addis Ababa |

UK’s Armed Forces Minister visits East Africa

Armed Forces State Minister Mark Lancaster has reiterated the UK’s commitment to Africa following his East Africa visit

Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces of UK visited Eastern Africa from 6 to 13 April to witness the full spectrum of UK Defence activity across the region. During his tour he visited Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Mr Lancaster’s visit to…

Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

The Department of Trade and Industry to Lead South African Companies to Defence Exhibition and Conference In Malaysia

The show will provide an ideal platform for South African companies in the defence and aerospace sector to showcase their products and services to significant industry players across entire global value chains

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead twenty-three South African companies to the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference that will place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16-19 April 2018. The Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference is a global defence and security show which occurs…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Telephonic Press Briefing on U.S. humanitarian assistance and policy for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Telephonic Press Briefing on U.S. humanitarian assistance and policy for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Telephonic Press Briefing with USAID Acting Director of Food for Peace Matt Nims, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Acting Director for Africa Assistance Christopher Upchurch, and Senior DRC…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Africa: Department of State Participation in Flintlock 2018

Approximately 1,900 service members from 20 African and Western partner nations will participate in Flintlock at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Senegal from April 9-20, 2018

The Department of State is pleased to once again participate in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise. Flintlock exercises have taken place regularly since 2005 with partner nations from the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) and are planned by African partner nation special operations forces;…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force

Major General Woldezgu brings 38 years of experience in the Ethiopian Army, regularly travelling to Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and African Union Mission in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today (April 4, 2018) announced the appointment of Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu of Ethiopia as his new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).   Major General Woldezgu succeeds Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia who will complete…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

No civilians were killed in this airstrike

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab militants near El Burr, Somalia, the afternoon of April 1, killing five (5) terrorists and destroying one (1) vehicle. We assess no civilians were killed in this airstrike. U.S. forces will continue to use all…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

United States is committed to providing Somalia, AMISOM and SNSF with support in the fight against violent extremist organizations

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on Feb. 19, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, killing three (3) terrorists. We assess no civilians were killed in this strike. U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to…

Source: British High Commission Kampala |

Royal Marines and Royal Navy train Ugandan Marines

The training, which was organised by the British Peace Support Team (Africa), was broadly intended to build capacity within the Ugandan army

On 15 February, a team of instructors from the Royal Marines and Royal Navy completed 28 days of Mission Specific Training (MST) for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Marines. The training, which was organised by the British Peace Support Team (Africa), was broadly intended to build capacity within the UPDF…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Extension of the Dispatch Term of the International Peace Cooperation Corps in South Sudan

The Government of Japan recognizes that the peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa

1. Japan has dispatched Headquarters staff personnel and Ground Self Defense Force engineering unit to UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) since November 2011 and January 2012 respectively. Japan continues to dispatch 4 staff officers (Logistics, Intelligence, Engineer, and Air Operations) to the Mission. South Sudan…

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ORBIT TRAINING CENTER: An International Defense and Security Facility for Africa

The center will hold a capacity of 150 students and instructors, and will encompass an area of 620 acres

By mid 2020, the Republic of Cabo Verde will inaugurate a continental training center dedicated to African State Security Forces. The objective of this initiative is to build capacity to face the persistent security challenges of the continent and to develop international cooperation in defense and security. The center is…