Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Validation Workshop on the Draft Framework for the Intervention of the African Union and Other Relevant Partners in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Process in Central African Republic

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Bangui, Central African Republic, 08 September 2014: An Expert technical workshop on the validation of the Framework for the intervention of the African Union (Department of Political Affairs and Department of Peace and Security) and other relevant partners in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Process in C.A.R opened on 8th September in Bangui, Central African Republic. The meeting is jointly convened by the AU Departments of Political Affairs and Peace and Security as part of the implementation of the AU Executive decision EX.CL/Dec.302 (IX) and EX.CL/274 (IX) instructing the African Union Commission to elaborate a policy framework document on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD), in order to address the critical situation of countries emerging from conflict.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Mamadou Dia Representative of H.E. Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs emphasized on the fact that this aims to create a synergy between the different actors of the international community in order to propose a concrete response to the reconstruction process in CAR. He expressed his hope that the deliberation and recommendations of the workshop will be fruitful and relevant to the development of the framework for the Post-Reconstruction Process in Central African Republic.

The meeting has as its objectives, (i)The Development of a Policy Framework for the AU Post-Conflict Reconstruction Process in C.A.R, (ii) Assess areas that need support for the post conflict recovery in CAR, (iii) Develop a range of activities for a sustainable post conflict reconstruction, (iv) Identified a strategy for fund raising to support the post conflict projects in CAR, (v) Establish a framework for human resources mobilization and partnership in support to specialized projects, (vi) Identify ways to build synergy between the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture (AGA) on the post reconstruction and (vii) the establishment of an action plan for the AU presence in C.A.R after the transformation of MISCA to MINUSCA. It is expected that a thematic framework on key priority areas will be developed will be developed to sustain the Post-Conflict Reconstruction programme in C.A.R.

Participants include experts from the different regions of the continent including representative from International IDEA. The remaining participants are national/local experts from the affected Ministries dealing with issues of Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Public Service and Territorial Administration.