Register Online: ISS Seminar: Supporting Security in Africa: The Role of African Staff Colleges,
Pretoria, 5th October 2009


Hosted by the Security Sector Governance Programme; African Conference of Commandants (ACoC) Secretariat


The African Conference of Commandants (ACoC) may be traced to the long tradition amongst military colleges on the continent through directing staff and student exchanges and the desire by the military colleges to make contributions to the enhancement of peace and security on the continent. The formation of ACoC was further enhanced by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s Conference of Commandants (NATO CoC) through the NATO Defence College, which extended invitations to some members of African Staff Colleges to attend its annual conferences.


With its principal aim of enhancing military education, ACoC focuses on improving harmonization, interoperability, commonality, standardisation and cooperation between African Staff Colleges as its contribution to the African Standby Force (ASF) and Peace Support Operations (PSOs). Although thus far, ACoC has held two conferences, attended by a total of 20 Commandants of Staff Colleges and more than 15 observers, its ultimate goal is to have every country in the African Union represented at either Staff College or other military education institute levels.


This seminar seeks to highlight the role of African Staff Colleges in supporting human security goals in Africa.


Keynote Speaker:  Major General Kwesi Yankson, Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and Chair of the 2nd ACoC.




(a)   Air Commodore Hossam Tanbour, Defence Attache, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

(b)  Dr. Naison Ngoma, Head of Programme, Security Sector Governance Programme


Date: Monday, 5 October 2009

Time: 11h00 (Seminar starts); 12h30 (light lunch)

Venue: ISS Conference Room, Block C, Brooklyn Court, 361 Veale Street, New Muckleneuk, Tshwane (Pretoria)

(Parking in Brooklyn Mall and ABSA Court)


RSVP: Ms Millicent Mlaba, Tel: (012) 3469500; Fax: (012) 460 0998; E-mail: