KAIPTC, in collaboration with Ghana Armed Force (GAF), and under the auspices of Elsie Initiative has commenced the second phase of the United Nations Staff Officer’s course at the Centre. Thirty (30) participants comprised of 6 males and 24 female Officers, drawn from the three services of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) are attending the course.

The Canadian funded three week training forms part of an ongoing project dubbed “Enhancing to Women in Peacekeeping”, purposed to increase the pool of Females Officers available for deployment to UN Peace Operations.

The Deputy Commandant, Air Commodore David Akrong remarked at the opening ceremony that through the United Nations, regional and sub-regional organizations, peace operations are currently the international community’s primary tool for political crisis intervention, conflict resolution and management therefore peacekeeping operations remain a key intervention tool for the AU and ECOWAS.

He said that the course would enhance participant’s capacity as officers with varying backgrounds, and equip them to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the rule of law, accountability and transparency, whenever they are called upon to participate in any peace operation.

According to the Air Commodore Akrong, the African continent is still battling with a number of armed conflicts which are hindering its peace, democracy and development therefore Peacekeeping missions are the key instruments used in dealing with these inter and intra state conflicts.

He added that for missions to become successful “ an efficient mission headquarters with sound structures and procedures as well as professional Military, Police and Civilian staff are paramount, therefore, training of personnel for UN mission headquarters is key for successful peace operations presently and in the future”.

Deputy Commandant noted the unwavering support and partnership of the Government of Canada to the Centre.