Gako, 4 June 2018-
More than 90 participants from 11 African partner nations, three western allied nations, international agencies, and the U.S. military gathered at Rwanda Military Academy (RMA), Gako for the final planning event of the Peacekeeping Training Exercise for Shared Accord 2018 to be held 14 to 29 August 2018, at RMA Gako.
The Final Planning Event opened today by Peter Vrooman, U.S. ambassador to Rwanda will run up to 8 June 2018. Representatives from Angola, Botswana, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Italy, Malawi, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, the Netherlands, U.S. and Zambia are finalising all aspects of the Exercise "Shared Accord 18.”
L-R: Peter Vrooman, U.S. ambassador to Rwanda, Gen. I.Kabandana, Col B. Elliot and Col T. Mpaka charting before the opening of final planning event of the Ex SA at RMA Gako, 4 June.
In his opening remarks Ambassador Peter Vrooman said the United States will continue to find opportunities to work with its African partners to build a continent that is safe, stable, and secure.
“The U.S. Government, through both bi-lateral and multi-lateral security assistance and defence cooperation programs, has made significant investments and provided unwavering support to strengthen the professionalisation of African defence forces, including Rwanda,” Vrooman said.
“We are proud of the role we continue to play in our partnership with Rwanda, the fourth largest troop contributing country in the world with one of the best international reputations of professionalism in peacekeeping missions. This level of dedication to peacekeeping, protecting the most vulnerable populations in some of the most dangerous places in the world, mirrors the commitment of all the countries represented here who are taking part in Shared Accord 2018.”
Major General Innocent Kabandanda who will also be the exercise director extended a warm welcome to all participants and a good stay in Rwanda on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force. He further urged the event participants to put more efforts in the final planning step for the successful conduct of the exercise.
“This final planning event is the last step towards the execution of the exercise Shared Accord scheduled in August this year here at Rwanda Military Academy. The previous events set all the essential elements of the exercise, our task will be to polish and finalise everything for the exercise. I urge you to leave no stone unturned because “the success of every exercise depends on the thorough planning.”
Col. Brian Elliott, the U.S. Army Africa senior advisor for the exercise thanked the RDF for the warm welcome, hospitality and the facilities availed to the Exercise Shared Accord 18.
“I think overall of this has been a relatively easy process, primarily because we have such willing and able partners here in Rwanda,” said Elliott. “I know there are still a lot of tasks to accomplish, but I feel confident that together with our RDF hosts, we will complete all those things that are required.”
About 200 military, police and civilians are expected to participate in the Peacekeeping Command Post Exercise “shared accord 18” from 14 to 29 August 2018 at Rwanda Military Academy, Gako.