The Federal Foreign Office is funding the construction of safe munitions depots in Somalia via the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The aim is that these depots will prevent dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands. The funding is also being used to train the security forces that will guard these stores in the future.
The Federal Foreign Office is working with local authorities, the security forces and the United Nations on the project. The first step involved building six munitions depots in the South Central and Puntland regions. These depots meet both the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).
During the second phase of the project starting in September 2015, MAG will build or renovate a further seven weapons depots in the Puntland region, as well as up to 20 gun lockers. The latter will be used where a munitions depot is not needed because of the small amount of material to be stored. A further 58 security officers are currently attending special training courses to learn how to use the funded facilities correctly.
“This project means that Germany is proactively engaged in the sensitive area of security. The good cooperation with our Somali partners is proof of the growing trust in a complex environment”, says Christian Resch, Deputy Ambassador to Somalia.