Six senior officers from 6 African countries have arrived in the country as part of African Union Technical Support Team to The Gambia.
The team of military officers will be deployed at the Ministry of Defence, the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Defence Headquarters.
They will provide support in the areas of defence reform, operations and training, policy development and plans, civil-military cooperation, personnel management and administration.
The staff officers are seconded from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda.
The team was accompanied to the office of the Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces by a four-man delegation headed by Dr Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, head of crisis management and post-conflict reconstruction division at the African Union Headquarters. In a brief meeting with the CDS the team expressed delight with the way and manner they have been received. They promised to be good ambassadors and do their best to support the reform agenda of the government.
The CDS welcomed the team and expressed his support and that of the entire armed forces. He informed them that there is enormous work to be done and with support from them he is optimistic that the Gambia Armed Forces will be more professional and thereby serve the Gambian people better.
Source: GAF PRO