Africa to Get International Peacekeeping Training Center
- It is expected to advance peacekeeping in Africa
Ethiopia signed a 790, 000 dollars (14.77 million Br) worth of contract agreement with the government of Japan as a donor and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Ethiopia’s Ministry of National Defense (EMoND) to establish the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC).
The agreement was signed between Ahmed Shide, Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Maj. Gen. Hassen Ibrahim, Head of the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Dr. Samuel M. Bwalya, country director of UNDP, while Hiroyuki Kishino, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia witnessed as a donour on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the compound of MoFED.
“The training centre will enhance the capacity of peace operations trainings in Ethiopia and Africa to develop the necessary skills and ability to require all peacekeeping operations and to improve the quality of Ethiopia’s peacekeepers contributions to the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and to the African Stand by Force” the Minister said.
The minister also said that participating in peace keeping operations requires very specific knowledge and training at all levels to ensure the success of Ethiopia’s desire to honorable discharge its responsibilities.
The Major General on his part stated that Ethiopia is currently one of the great peace contributors of peacekeeping mission to the UN and AU by sending around 7,000 peacekeepers. It is also one of the leading in women participation with 375 female peacekeepers in Africa.
“This training center is expected to enable Ethiopia play its leading role to Africa’s peace and stability” he further states.
The government of Japan sponsored the project based upon the Japan- UNDP Partnership Fund, according to the agreement.
The training center is aimed at contributing to sustaining all aspects peace operation training in Ethiopia and Africa in general and in particular addressing critical gaps in Peacekeeping operations in AU and UN.
“We hope that the center will enhance the capacity of Ethiopia to develop the necessary skills and abilities required in all peacekeeping operations, to improve the quality/quantity of Ethiopia’s peacekeepers participation” said M. Bwalya of UNDP.
This particular project targets Ethiopia, other member states of IGAD, East Africa Stand by Force, AU, UN and other security institutions, according to the country representative.
The training center that took almost three years to finalise is expected to be operational by September or November depending on the rainy season. It is stated that the construction was undertaken by the Defense Construction Design Enterprise.
The three storeys building training center will give trainings to national and international trainees focusing on institutional capacity for applied research, conflict analysis, and training design among others for those who have been on peacekeeping mission, officers, police officers, force commanders and others who have the knowledge on peacekeeping operation.
“The training will be given by international lectures who have specializes in peacekeeping especially from the UN” Lieutenant Colonel Teferi Mekonen told DireTube.com
By HADRA AHMED
Reporting for DireTube.com