Presiding over the official opening ceremony on 28 November 2016, Brig Gen Charles Rudakubana, Rwanda Defence Force Chief J4 (in Charge of Logistics) underlined the importance of training Officers for effective planning and management of the scarce resources in Peace Keeping Operations.
“Optimal use of resources can only be achieved if logistical officers are conversant with logistics concepts and organisation at all mission levels. The logistical officers should understand very clearly the doctrine, policies and procedures of peacekeeping logistics as well as financial and budgetary polices that relate to logistics”, Brig Gen Charles Rudakubana said.
The RDF Chief J4 further urged Course Participants to take advantage of the large knowledge and experience of Course Facilitators, which will enable them to perform better logistic tasks once deployed in Peace Keeping Operations.
Gen Rudakubana expressed gratitude to the Government of United Kingdom for funding the very important course through the British Peace Support Team, East Africa.
H.E William Gelling, the UK High Commissioner to Rwanda noted that the Course was a clear indication of the regional commitment to international peace and stability. “The UK is committed to this type of training and to working with its African friends to develop the capacity of the exceptional peacekeepers hailed from the continent”, he said. He paid also tribute to all whose efforts are leading to greater co-operation in the East Africa region and between the UK and the region. “It has been a long -term aim to expand the quality of assistance we are able to offer on peacekeeping here in Rwanda and expand our contacts with RDF and the Peace Academy”, he concluded.
The two weeks long course has been organised by Rwanda Peace Academy in collaboration with the Government of United Kingdom through the British Peace Support Team, East Africa (BPST-EA).