German govt renovates SADC training centre in Harare

13 Mar 2014 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - The German government handed over renovated guest rooms and equipment to the SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) in Harare, Zimbabwe on 28 February this year.
This follows the closure of a training course for civilian personnel in peace support operations which had been supported by the German Government, a statement issued today by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat noted.
The SADC RPTC is part of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation of SADC.
The Commandant of the SADC RPTC, Brigadier-General Christopher Chellah of Zimbabwe received the keys to the renovated buildings.
He was quoted as saying that the centre’s vision is to be a reputable and responsive centre of excellence in training, research and the development of capacities and expertise in peace-support operations (PSO).
“The centre aims at promoting regional cooperation in peace and security among SADC Member States, building capacity in conflict prevention and conflict management, including PSO activities, as well as training peacekeeping practitioners, enabling all SADC Member States to take part in peace support operations,” explained Chellah.
The centre further seeks to assist planning for SADC peacekeeping formations, and for SADC PSO exercises.
Chellah reiterated how important it is to bring representatives from all SADC countries together in joint training in order to exercise for real-life situations when persons from different backgrounds and cultures are deployed in peace- support operations.
The Government of Germany has been in cooperation with SADC in the area of peace, security and good governance for over 10 years, and with the SADC RPTC specifically since 2008.
The German Government via the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) furthermore supported the SADC RPTC in the acquisition of two vehicles, a generator as well as furniture and equipment for offices, cafeteria and the entertainment area.
On his part, the German Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Ulrich Wilhelm Klöckner emphasised that the SADC RPTC not only serves missions led by Africa, but delivers training for personnel to be deployed in international peace-support operations worldwide.
He, therefore, hailed the centre for its role in the African peace and security architecture, saying peacekeeping training plays an important role in creating and maintaining African capacities to enable and sustain peace in the region and beyond.