Kigali, 20 April 2017
Rwanda Defence Force in collaboration with United States of America Government, through the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program, is conducting a two day Workshop on lessons learned from peacekeeping operations. The workshop held at RDF HQS was officially opened on 20 April 2017, by Maj Gen J Musemakweli, the Army Chief of Staff, on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff.
In his remarks, Gen Musemakweli urged participants to share the rich experiences gained from their respective completed tours of duty, be it under UNAMID,UNMISS, MINUSCA or UNISFA. ''Such experiences, will ultimately constitute important lessons learned and best practices to be integrated in pre-deployment training package and future conduct of Peace Support Operations'', the Army COS underscored.
He further thanked the US Government for supporting the RDF through the ACOTA program in pre-deployment training and consistently participating in lessons learned workshop sessions.
Maj Heather Okemu, chief of security cooperation at US Embassy in Rwanda commended RDF for its outstanding performance in Peacekeeping, and particularly for high discipline and professionalism showcased by RDF troops in missions abroad.
The Lessons learned Workshop has become an annual practice for the RDF together with Partners in PSO pre-deployment training. The forum discusses issues pertaining to pre-deployment training, force generation and staffing, discipline of troops, mission working documents and operational challenges, among others.