East African Coalition Logistics Conference, January 2011

Capt. Gervais Ndahabonimana, Burundi National Defense Force (left), and Maj. Fouad Waiss, Djibouti National Army, attend the East African Coalition Logistics Conference in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Jan. 6, 2011. The conference, hosted by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, brought representatives from U.S. Africa Command and more than 10 African partner nations together to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to transportation and logistics issues in their countries.

“Dealing with maintenance issues is not always easy,” said Lt. Col. Ali Aden Houmed of the Djiboutian National Army. “We also have some difficulty having qualified specialists for maintenance issues, so these issues give us a hard time. We have equipment coming from various countries for different projects. It’s good to have gifts from friends, but at the end of the day, it is difficult to keep that equipment working.”

“There are major infrastructure programs in virtually every country in this region,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, James Swan.

“New roads, new railway networks and new ports will clearly improve capabilities for logistics in the region in the future. Partner nations here in the region are heavily involved in efforts to improve the logistics base here in East Africa,” he said.


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