In line with strengthening the partnership between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a two-member delegation led by General Francis Awagbe Behanz, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, ECOWAS, have visited the Centre.
General Behanz received a detailed brief on the operations of KAIPTC from Mrs Rosemond Aryeetey, Head of Corporate Affairs. Picking on KAIPTC’s initiative to engage more with the private sector as shared during the briefing, he lauded the Centre for making this one of its strategic objectives for the next five years. The private sector, he said, was an untapped resource for partnerships to advance the peace and security agenda for the sub-region.
The Commissioner urged the two institutions to intensify already existing collaborations in the areas of training and research, among others.
Dr Remi Ajibewa, Director of Political Affairs, ECOWAS, shared a number of ideas that both institutions can initiate such as intellectual exchange programmes, joint initiatives on gender, women, peace and security.
Air Vice Marshall, Griffiths Evans, Commandant, KAIPTC informed the team of a maiden high-level event dubbed “The Kofi Annan Forum,” slated for this year.
The two-member delegation was received byAVM Griffiths Evans and his deputy Brig Gen Irvine Aryeetey, in the company of Directors, Heads of Units and Programmes, and Course Directors.
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The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognized institution and has until date trained and tutored over 18,500 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.