Memorandum of Understanding On Cooperation Between the ACSRT and SADC


On the 31st of October 2012, H.E. Ambassador Francisco Madeira Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Counter‐Terrorism Cooperation, Director of the ACSRT and Dr. Mokete PHERUDI, Acting Head of Southern African Development Community, Regional Early Warning Centre in the Directorate for Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ACSRT Headquarters in Algeria.

The new engagement is aimed at building collaborations in areas of common interest such as promoting and developing Regional and National Counterterrorism Strategies, promoting and developing counter terrorism capabilities, encouraging SADC Member States’ counter terrorism focal points to share information on counter terrorism amongst each other and with the ACSRT, establishing of secure communication lines on counter terrorism between the SADC Regional Early Warning Centre (REWC) and the ACSRT Situation Room through the ACSRT CT-Early Warning System, organizing and conducting joint special training programmes for SADC Member States, conducting joint-evaluation mission to SADC Member States to assess their CT Capacities and implementation status of the 2002 AU Plan of Action for the Prevention and combating of Terrorism and strengthening cooperation between SADC REWC and ACSRT including possibility of seconding SADC personnel to ACSRT and vice versa .

Furthermore, the MoU is aimed at developing and strengthening the two organs’ cooperation in order to benefit from complementarities, promote coherence, coordination and alignment within the African Union System.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states. It complements the role of the African Union.

This strategic partnership between both organs will no doubt further enhance and increase the developmental effectiveness of both organs’ efforts to achieve their common goals and objectives.