Musanze, 08 December 2017
A total of 24 military, police and civilian personnel from 4 African countries namely the Federal Republic of Somalia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda and the host Rwanda graduated from the Peace Support Operations (PSO) Logistics course held at Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze District.
The two-weeks course was aimed at enhancing participants’ knowledge and understanding of the role and conduct of logistics, boosting logistic officers with conversant concept, doctrine, policies, and procedures of logistics in a peace support operations environment as part of broader Integrated UN/AU processes on PSO.
In his closing remarks, the Director General of Policy and Strategy at the Ministry of Defence, Brig Gen Ferdinand Safari thanked the British Peace Support Team Africa (BPST-A), course facilitators, lead instructors, countries and organization for making the course successful. He reminded the participants that majority of contemporary peacekeeping missions especially in Africa are complex and varied with contingents and staff from many different nations; and with the military, police and civilian personnel delivering integrated support services.
He also stressed that logistical resources are rarely adequate and yet the success of peace support operations is to some extent dependent on availability of resources. “The various types of sources of logistical support must be integrated and coordinated, and there is a need therefore for coordinated planning in order to ensure that the available resources are efficiently and effectively used”, Gen Safari concluded.
From right, Col Jill Rutaremara, Brig Gen Ferdinand Safari and the UK Deputy High Commissioner Jenny Wilcox handing over certificates to graduates.
The UK Deputy High Commissioner in Rwanda, Ms Jenny Wilcox expressed the commitment of the UK’s government to sponsor such excellent trainings. “The Great Britain is committed to build regional capacity and increasing security and stability across Eastern Africa, we look forward to sponsoring more training events of this type in 2018” she said.
The Director of Rwanda Peace Academy, Col Jill Rutaremara, thanked the Government of UK through the British Peace Support Team-Africa for being a key partner. He furthermore appreciated the diligent work of facilitators and particularly thanked participants “for active participation which resulted in an interactive, productive and enjoyable course” he said.