“Success in peace efforts cannot be achieved without Logistics Support”- Maj Gen Francis Ofori, KAIPTC Commandant

“Success in peace efforts cannot be achieved without Logistics Support”- Maj Gen Francis Ofori, KAIPTC Commandant.

Accra, 2021: The Logistics in Peace Support Operations Pilot Course, which was organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre with support from the German Government, was held from 7 – 11th June 2021 in Prampram, Accra, Ghana. The course is in line with KAIPTC’s foremost Strategic Objective ‘to enhance the capacity needs of ECOWAS, the AU and their relevant structures to perform their mandates in ensuring peace and security in Africa”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commandant of KAIPTC, Maj Gen Francis Ofori noted that success in peace efforts could not be achieved without logistics support.

He added; “it is our firm belief as a Training Centre of Excellence that enhancing the human resource capacity of logistics planners and managers through training will ensure a quick response, and shorten the time lag from when decisions are taken, to when actual deployments are made, once funding is available. It will also ensure that there is professionalism in the management of logistics and assets during PSO”.

He, therefore, advised the participants to make good use of the training opportunity to learn from the facilitators and their colleagues through sharing experiences and best practices.

He expressed his sincere appreciation to the German Government for their immense support towards the development of the course. In total, 23 participants from the West African sub-region attended the training.

The training comes in response to a capacity gap identified during a capacity needs assessment exercise conducted by KAIPTC in 2019 for both the AU and the ECOWAS Commission. The training, therefore, aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to plan, employ, deploy and liquidate logistics support for peace support operations. It is also a prequel to the development of a comprehensive Logistics Course package to meet the needs of the AU, the Regional Economic Communities and member states of the continent in their peace efforts.

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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 recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 25,207 participants and students since its inception.

KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organization 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.