NOTES ON THE ICGLR JOINT INTELLIGENCE FUSION CENTRE (JIFC) IN GOMA
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- 1. The ICGLR Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre (JIFC) was established by a decision of the ICGLR Ministers of Defence meeting on 9th September 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda, following the decision of the Brazzaville RIMC of 5-6th May 2011, which directed the Conference Secretariat in collaboration with ICGLR Member States to organize a meeting of security organs including Ministers of Defence and Security from the member states, to deliberate on strategies.
- 2. Subsequently, the Conference Secretariat organized a series of meetings of Security organs of the member states that defined the roles, mandate and rules of procedure of the JIFC culminating in the official launch of the Centre on 13th June 2012 in Goma, Eastern DRC. Chapter two of the Rules and Procedures of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre defines the Mission of the Centre thus: The mission of the Centre shall be:
- I. to collect, process, analyze and verify information on negative and armed groups from intelligence and security agencies of member states or any other source;
- II. to produce and disseminate actionable intelligence with recommended courses of action to the Regional Coordination Committee.
- 3. The JIFC is headquartered in Goma, DRC. It is made up of two representatives each from the 11 Member States, and is managed by a rotating Regional Coordination Committee currently made up of Uganda (Chair), Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. Pursuant to a decision by the ICGLR Subcommittee of Ministers of Defence on 6 October 2012, the JIFC reports to the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) and the Chair of the ICGLR Chiefs of Defense Staff who in turn reports to the Committee of Ministers of Defence. The JIFC also shares timely intelligence reports with the ICGLR Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) on ‘a need to know basis’. It works in close collaboration with the UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO), and liaises with other regional Intelligence Fusion Centres, in particular the Intelligence Fusion Cells based in Dungu, Obo and Yambio, under the framework of the AU Initiative against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
- 4. The JIFC is funded by assessed annual contributions from the ICGLR Member States. It relies on the invaluable hospitality of the host Government of the DRC, which has provided facilities including offices, transport, security and other logistical support. It also receives technical assistance from MONUSCO. The JIFC played a leading role in supporting the work of the ICGLR Military Assessment Team (MAT), charged with developing the Concept of Operations for the proposed Neutral International Force (NIF) in between September and October 2012. The JIFC is expected to continue to play a critical role in the next phase of the ICGLR, SADC and UN initiative against Negative Forces in Eastern DRC, with the anticipated deployment of the UN Intervention Brigade (IB) to fight Negative Forces.