AMISOM, will by the end of this month, transition to the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). This comes as AMISOM, which started its operation in Somalia in 2007 prepares to be replaced by a new mission to be called the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) starting April 1. Since AMISOM took over military operations, its mandate has primarily been geared towards empowering the Somali Security Forces (SSF) through mentorship.
ATMIS, will in the next two years be in charge of stabilising Somalia with a clear end goal of transferring full responsibilities of national security to the Federal Government of Somalia.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is meeting top Somalia officials in Mogadishu to discuss modalities ahead of their exit. Somalia’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Odowa Yusuf Rage, said immense work had been put into the transition process and called for concerted efforts from all the key players to ensure a smooth transition to ATMIS and the eventual achievement of its mandate.