Forty (40) military and civilian officers from 16 countries namely Brazil, Bangladesh, Canada, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Uganda, Zambia, India, Israel, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda as the host country and a delegation from the United Nations have started workshop dubbed ‘UN Triangular Partnership Project (TPP) for African Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities’.
The UN initiated this Project in early 2015 to enhance the rapid deployment of the engineering capabilities in African troops contributing countries (TCC). The triangular partnership comprises the UN which plans, implements and manages the Project, Member States supporting the capacity building and the African TCC which support the UN peacekeeping.
Some of the core engineering capabilities that are enhanced by the project are road construction and repair, airfield/helipad construction and rehabilitation, campsite preparation, transport, recovery and maintenance of engineering equipment, etc.
This three-day workshop was opened today 13 March 2018 by Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, the Army Chief of Staff, at the RDF Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Gatsibo District. In his opening remarks he thanked the organisers of the workshop for choosing Rwanda as the host country and one of the biggest Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) in UN peacekeeping. He urged participants to grasp the great opportunity given to them.
“This workshop will help you as peacekeepers in understanding better the challenges in the contemporary world, acquire the skills and know the resources you need which will later help you to deal with the challenges at hand while in peacekeeping missions”, he said.
According to Harinder Sood from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Workshop is aimed at familiarising participants with the challenging environment of the peacekeeping missions.
“There are areas where there is minimum infrastructure, where peacekeepers are attacked. It is a new development. It requires deployed peacekeepers to have enough capabilities and resources to be able to operate effectively and safely in the UN Peacekeeping missions”, he said.