Strengthening Security Together: Insights from the Annual BCAP Conference
U.S. Embassy Djibouti Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) and Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) held their annual Bilateral Country Assistance Plan (BCAP) Conference at the Salaam Center, Djibouti November 6-9. BCAP is a multi-year planning effort held in conjunction with FAD that integrates U.S. State Department military assistance as well as Department of Defense (DoD) funds.
Through initiatives such as BCAP, projects that have come to fruition include the Maryama Training Center ($27 million), the Guelileh Border Post ($3.5 million), and continued funding to expand maritime security.
This year representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and U.S. Africa Command participated in BCAP along with their Djiboutian counterparts. This forum provides the ability to discuss current programs as well as future activities in support of initiatives such as building maritime security, counterterrorism, and border security capabilities.
As a result, holding BCAP further strengthens the relationship not only between our militaries, but our nations. The conference enables open and continued dialogue between our countries, underlining U.S. commitment to shared security objectives.