As a Centre of excellence in the area of Peace, Security and Research, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) continues to attract and receive proposals to provide forward-looking education and training to regional and international partners. Over the years, the Centre has been shaping narratives on keeping global peace through its courses, dialogues and thought-provoking fora on critical topics in the peace and security discourse. Commandant of the KAIPTC, Major Gen. Francis Ofori as part of efforts to advance existing partnerships and forge new ones hosted the Ambassadors of Morocco and Belgium, as well as a government delegation from neighbouring Burkina Faso.
Her Excellency Imane Quaadil, Moroccan Ambassador to Ghana in her interaction, commended KAIPTC for its exemplary initiatives in increasing women’s participation and involvement in peace and security discourses, and establishing a Women, Peace and Security Institute (WPSI). HE Quaadil expressed Morocco’s interest in learning from KAIPTC to replicate same in the North African country. She also reiterated Morocco’s preparedness to exchange knowledge in the areas of maritime security and legal aspects of human rights, especially pertaining to migration.
The Burkinabe delegation led by Minister for Social Cohesion, Madiar Sanjo expressed their interest in learning about peacebuilding and national cohesion from the Centre. The delegation was taken through activities and interventions on peace operations carried out by the Centre’s Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research in countries on the African continent.
The Belgium Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Michel Wimmer, during this visit, paid glowing tributes to the legacy of H.E. Kofi Annan (late). He communicated his country’s resolve to co-operate in line with the values of peace and other multilateral agreements.
Maj Gen Francis Ofori assured the diplomats and Minister of the Centre’s readiness to exchange and transfer relevant knowledge that satisfies the needs of all parties. He added that the Centre is also looking forward to participate in any high-level commemorative programme on the Maputo Protocol and the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
Present at the meeting were Director of Training, Col Albert Kwadwo Dawohoso, Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof Kwaku Osei-Hwedie and other members from the Centre’s Research Department.
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About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
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 recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 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.