The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will start using modern technology in order to secure gains made in the horn of Africa nation, Somalia.
According to the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, stabilization of Somalia has reached a critical stage and more investment on modern technology is needed to ensure no gaps during the transition period.
So far, the African Union Mission has withdrawn 1000 troops and more withdrawals are expected next. United Nations authorized withdrawal of AMISOM troops based on conditions that no gaps would be left in the eventual handover of country’s security to Somali national security forces.
During the two-day workshop, senior officials from United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and AMISOM discussed how technology can be of use in addressing logistical challenges faced in the battlefield as well for the troops in their bases from across the six sectors.
Force enablers and multipliers ought to be sustainable if they are to make a difference in the war against the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab, especially during the transition period.
The workshop discussions also touched on the gaps associated with force protection and force projection capabilities and how they can be prevented.