The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday stressed the need to assess and review existing frameworks as well as identify best practices on Somalia’s national Security Sector Reform (SSR) and reintegration so as to preventing transnational security perils in the country.

The statement was made by Abebe Muluneh, Director of IGAD’s Security Sector Program (SSP), during a five-day national training workshop, which runs until Friday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with high-level Somali government officials.

“There is need to assess and review existing frameworks as well as identify best practices on Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Reintegration in relation to preventing and countering transnational threats and radicalization of youth,” an IGAD statement issued on Wednesday quoted Muluneh as saying.

According to the East African bloc, the ongoing five-day training for Somali security sector officials mainly aimed to “contribute to the enhancement of institutional capacities in formulation and updating of Somalia’s national security sector reform and reintegration related strategies.”

The training is also expected to provide “a platform for national and regional technical experts from Somalia to jointly reflect on their SSR and Reintegration priority areas identified in the National Security Policies (NSP),” it was noted.

IGAD, noting that “Somalia is experiencing steady progress as a result of years of local efforts and international assistance around security Institutions, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, humanitarian efforts, and state-building,” stressed that the country “requires the support of the African Union (AU) and IGAD’s existing policy framework in the implementation of the NSA and the Somalia Transition Plan (STP).” Enditem

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