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VP SOUTH AFRICA REPLY TO SECRETARIAT QUESTIONS

                                                 Peter Louwrens

 

1. How  have you  organised your secretariat and used the  financial assistance         provided by  MSO for it (It will be very different in each region) ?

 

IT WAS DECIDED TO OPERATE THE SECRETARIAT FROM THE AMCF VP'S HOME TO BEST UTILISE THE FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE MSO.  THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OF EQUIPMENT WERE PURCHASED TO ASSIST THE VP IN HIS DUTIES:

  1. FAX, SCANNER, PHOTOSTAT MACHINE.

  2. DIGITAL CAMERA

  3. OFFICE AND ON GOING ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLIES

  4. DEDICATED AMCF FAX/TELEPHONE/E - MAIL LINE

  5. SECRETARY FOR PART OF THE TIME TO ASSIST WITH DUTIES AND

     RESPONSIBILITIES

  6. NUMEROUS VP TRAVEL DUTIES IN REGION

  7. FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR NEWLY FORMED MCF'S (MAX USD$50 / COUNTRY)

  8. PART SUPPORT FOR TMTI'S

 

THE SECRETARIAT THEREFORE STILL OPERATES OUT OF THE VP'S HOME WITH ALL THE ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENTSTILLINPLACE

 

THE FUTURE PLAN WAS (STILL IS) TO HAVE ARRANGED LOCAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM WITHIN THE REGION AND IN PARTICULAR SOUTH AFRICA TO TAKE OVER FROM WHERE AND WHEN MSO COMPLETED THEIR FINANCIAL GIVING TO THE SECRETARAIT (MEDIUM TERM). 

 

ONCE REGULAR FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS FORTHCOMING TO SUPPORT THE SECRETARIAT THE PLAN IS TO CONSIDER A PERMANENT SECRETARIAT TO BE LOCATED IN A COUNTRY AGREED TO BY THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION, WHICH WILL SUPPORT THE INCUMBENT AMCF VP (LONG TERM).

 

2. Has the secretariat been valuable to help  you in your tasks ?

 

THIS SECRETARIAT SUPPORT FROM MSO FOR THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION HAS BEEN INVALUABLE AND GIVEN SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT TO THE VP IN CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

 

3. What specific tasks  have  you asked  your secretariat to carry  out to assist you     or other  MCFs in your region ?

 

THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC TASKS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED THROUGH THE SECRETARIAT:

 

  1. SUPPORT FOR AMCF VP TRAVEL WITHIN THE REGION

  2. ORGANISING OF TABLEMOUNTAINTOPINTERACTIONS

  3. SUPORT FOR THE COMPILATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE QUARTERLY AMCF

    VP NEWSLATTER.

  4. PLANNING, COORDINATION AND ATTENDANCE OF NUMEROUS OVERSEAS AMCF       INTERACTIONS AND CONFERENCES

  5. MAKING AND MAINTAINING CONTACT WITH NEW MCF'S

  6. COORDINATING THE VISITS OF AMCF DIGNITARIES

  7. COMMUNICATION WITH REGIONAL MCF'S

 

4. Have you any plans to sustain  your secretariats without  MSO or Accts MMI

   assistance  and if so what are they?

 

SEE ABOVE, BUT AS YET NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT HAS BEEN FORTHCOMING. AS THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN AMCF REGION IS STILL RELATIVELY YOUNG THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME ACHIEVING.

 

POSSIBLE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM FOLLOWING :

  1. REGIONAL MCF'S.

  2. RSA MILITARY BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

  3. RSA CHURCH DENOMINATIONS.

   

5. Have you any  ideas  or views on self sustaining secretariats in the future?

 

MY VISION IS THAT SOMEDAY THE SAMCF WILL HAVE AN OFFICE BLOCK WITH SUFFICIENT ROOM/OFFICE SPACE TO ALSO HOST AN AMCF VP SECRETARIAT, WHICH WILL OPERATE INDEPENDANTLY (SIMILAR TO ACCTS MMI AND THE AFCU ARRANGEMENT?).

 

OF COURSE THE REGION WOULD NEED TO SUPPORT THIS CONCEPT.

 

 

 
     

 


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