UK and Denmark boost to Eastern African Standby Force

The UK and Denmark sign the agreement to boost Eastern African Standby Force
UK Defence Attaché, Brigadier Mark Christie and Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H. E. Mette Knudsen handed over the jointly-funded Start-Up-Kit. Photo via Facebook/UK in Kenya.

Representatives from the British and Danish governments have signed an agreement to hand over the jointly-funded rapid deployment Start-Up-Kit to the regional peace and security body, the British High Commission in Kenya have said today via a press release.

EASF is a regional intergovernmental organisation with a mandate to enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region.

It is established under the umbrella of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The EASF is one of the five regional Standby Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting of multidimensional components namely, Military, Police and Civilian.

It draws its membership from ten Member States from the Eastern Africa Region namely, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

The UK Defence Attaché, Brigadier Mark Christie and Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H. E. Mette Knudsen handed over the jointly-funded Start-Up-Kit as part of the preparations for future deployment, Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF).

To further consolidate its preparedness to participate in peace-keeping missions, the EASF has been working on acquisition for a rapidly deployable Mission Control Base for its land-element forces (Forward Force Headquarters).

The facility includes a self-sustaining headquarters with accommodation and ablutions for seventy personnel.

It has been designed and manufactured to fit comfortably on an area no larger than 60m x 80m on any terrain and comprises the Administration Control Office, the Planning Office to accommodate desks for 24 personnel, a Joint Operating Command Centre (JOCC) which will be the central point for all the communications, a Briefing Room that has the capacity for up to 60 personnel at a time and a small office for the Command Group, which will control all communications for the lead-forces.

Rapid Deployment start up kit hand over
British and Danish government representatives hand over the jointly-funded rapid deployment Start-Up-Kit to the regional peace and security body. Photo via Facebook/UK-in-Kenya.

The Kit was co-sponsored by the Danish and UK governments and supplied by the AFEX Company. Present at the handover were the Director of EASF Secretariat, H. E. Ambassador Issimail Chanfi, senior officials from the Kenyan Ministries of Defence, Ministry of Foreign affairs and Internal Security as well as Ambassadors and Defence Attachés representing EASF Member States.