Consultative Summit for the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) 5 November 2013
South Africa will be hosting a Consultative Summit on the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) on 5 November 2013 at OR Tambo Building. The purpose of the Summit will be to consult with volunteering countries that have expressed willingness to contribute to the ACIRC. The meeting will consider the modalities for operationalisation of ACIRC.
During the May 2013 AU Summit, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government decided, in principle, to establish an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), as a transitional arrangement pending the full operationalisation of the African Standby Force (ASF) and its Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) within the framework of the agreed upon AfricanPeace and Security Architecture.
A Chiefs of Defence Staff meeting will present a report to the HOS/G at the Summit on 5 November regarding their deliberations on the operationalisation of the ACIRC mechanism.
The Summit will be a first round of informal consultations between like-minded and willing contributing countries on the issue of rapid response to crises, within the context of the proposed Africa Standby Force. It is an interim measure to deal with conflict on the continent in the context of African Solutions for African Problems.
The expected outcome of the consultations is an agreed upon framework for modalities and to identify a Roadmap for a way forward.
It was deemed important by President Zuma to host the Consultative Summit in order to address the urgency of operationalising ACIRC after the AU decision in May 2013.
For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road