African Union and International Partners sign a Joint Financing Arrangement on support for sustaining and strengthening African Union Liaison Offices

AU The Commission of the African Union (AU) and a group of international partners (namely, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union EU) signed 11 November 2011, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, a Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) for the funding of the AU Liaison Offices. These Offices operate in a number of AU Member States to support efforts aimed at promoting and sustaining peace, security and stability.

The JFA, which is a follow up to an earlier Arrangement signed in 2009, aims at creating a single, coherent and predictable funding mechanism through which international partners channel their contributions to facilitate the functioning of existing AU Liaison Offices and the opening of new ones where needed.

Speaking on the occasion of the signing of the second JFA, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, expressed AU’s gratitude to the partners for their continued support. He seized the opportunity to highlight the key role being played by the AU Liaison Offices. “Every day, on the ground, the AU, through its Liaison Offices, contributes to efforts aimed at furthering peace, by providing support towards the implementation of agreements among conflicting parties, undertaking peace building activities and promoting the structural prevention of conflicts. The Liaison Offices also play an important symbolic role, demonstrating, thanks to their presence on the ground, the AU’s solidarity with Member States striving to overcome a legacy of violence and to build a better future for their people”, he said.

On their part, the partners present at the ceremony reiterated their commitment to continue working closely with the AU, including through the provision of financial support for the implementation of the Union’s peace and security agenda. They acknowledged the important contribution being made on the ground by the AU Liaison Offices. They also expressed appreciation for the steps that the AU has taken to enhance the effectiveness of its Liaison Offices.

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