Additional Assistance to Peacekeeping Training Centers in Africa

TOKYO – The Government of Japan has decided to provide additional assistance to peacekeeping training centers in Africa, amounting to approximately 2.52 million US dollars (approximately 237 million Japanese yen). Specifically, 0.6 million US dollars will be provided additionally to the Peace Keeping School (Ecole de Maintien de la Paix) (EMP) in Mali, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana and the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) in Egypt, respectively, as well as approximately 0.72 million US dollars to newly  EIFORCES in Cameroon.

In recognizing that training of personnel is essential in implementing effective peacekeeping operations, Japan has been providing assistance to peacekeeping training centers throughout Africa for the promotion of the capacity of African countries in peacekeeping. Japan intends to continue effective assistance, including the dispatch of lecturers.

Japan Peacekeepers

The Government of Japan provided assistance amounting to approximately 14.5 million US dollars in total in 2009 to five peacekeeping training centers in Africa (Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Rwanda) for the construction and rehabilitation of facilities, provision of equipment such as computers and the conduct of training courses, among other forms of assistance. In the fiscal year of 2009, Japan extended its assistance to three more centers (Benin, Nigeria and South Africa), which amounted to approximately 4 million US dollars in total. Japan has up to now sent fifteen Japanese lecturers (six Self-Defense-Force personnel and nine civilians) to four centers. More than 1,200 military, police and civilian personnel have been trained through Japan’s assistance to date.