Support for the UN Project for African Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities (ARDEC)
The Initiation of the Fourth Training
1. Japan will dispatch 18 personnel from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force etc. to the fourth training under the UN Project for African Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities (ARDEC), which is implemented by the UN Department of Field Support. The training which will take place in Kenya from July 24th aims to instruct engineering personnel from the Tanzania People’s Defense Force etc. on the operation of heavy equipment.
2. Japan has earned solid credibility for its engineering and transport units, which are indispensable for enabling the smooth operations of PKOs. To support the rapid deployment of PKOs and bring about high quality operations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a commitment to contribute to the rapid deployment of these equipment and personnel with engineering capabilities at the 1st Leader’s Summit on Peacekeeping held at the UN Headquarters in September 2014.
3. Following Prime Minister Abe’s commitment, Japan has provided financial contribution to the UN for the procurement of heavy equipment and the implementation of training, and subsequent to the trial training held in 2015, instructed approximately 60 engineering personnel from the Kenya Defense Forces on the operation of heavy equipment at the first and second training from June through October last year. The 3rd training has started from May for 30 personnel from the Tanzania People’s Defense Force and will end in July.
(Reference)Outline of the training
- Period of training：July 24th – September 15th, 2017
- Location of training：Nairobi (Kenya International Peace Support Training Centre)
- Instructors：18 personnel led by LTC Kosuke Ota
- Contents of the training：Instructing engineering personnel from the Tanzania People’s Defense Force etc. on the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment required for engineering activities.