KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Military forces from 13 African countries have
completed a one-week joint military training exercise aimed at
equipping them with skills to respond to crises on the
A statement issued
by the Ugandan military late on Monday said the joint Command
Post Exercise under the African Capacity for Immediate Response
to Crises (ACIRC) Volunteer Nations equipped the over 350 troops
with skills to work together to ensure security and safety.
The exercise, held
in the eastern Ugandan district of Jinja, attracted troops from
Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad, Egypt, Niger,
Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda.
under the umbrella of ACIRC Volunteer Nations passed a test of
their capability to rapidly deploy within seven days in defense
of any African country against any threat,” said Charles Engola,
Uganda’s minister of state for defense, while closing the
exercise on Monday.
Sivuyile Bam, who
heads the peace and security division of the African Union (AU)
Commission, said Africa is steadily becoming self-sustaining in
order to deter any threat among its member nations.
Bam said the
exercise has shown the possibility of self-reliance and the AU
is ready to shoulder all its responsibilities in support of the
The ACIRC is a
temporary multinational standby force set up in November 2013.
It is to be replaced by the African Standby Force when it
becomes fully operational.