Dispatch of Instructors to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
October 17, 2013
1. The Government of Japan recently decided to dispatch three programme advisors from the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office, as lecturers for the Sahel Project focusing on emergency human capacity development in the region that is being implemented by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). Secretariat programme advisor Hidehiko Furumoto is scheduled to deliver lectures on small arms and light weapons (SALW) context and community development at a course of SALW proliferation in the Sahel being held from October 14 to 25, and secretariat programme advisors Izumi Wakugawa and Etsuko Okada are scheduled to deliver lectures on policy sector reform at a course on collaborative policing, and on justice reform at a course on security sector governance being held from November 4 to 15, respectively.
2. Based on the awareness that peace is a prerequisite to development, the Government of Japan is implementing support for PKO training centers in Africa with an aim to enhance the peacekeeping capacities of countries in Africa, and maintain the stability of the region. This latest dispatch of lecturers is being carried out as one part of the Government of Japan’s support for the KAIPTC. Going forward the Government of Japan will continue to extend support not only on the financial front, but also for initiatives that utilize Japan’s promising human resources, and are meaningful in terms of peace and stability in Africa.