British Envoy Commends Ghana’s Military

The participants in a pose after the ceremony 
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, John Benjamin has lauded the Ghana Armed Forces for showing commitment to peace-keeping.

He made the disclosure during the opening ceremony of the partnership programme between Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra on Monday.

The programme dubbed, ‘Managing Defense in a Wider Security Context (MDWSC),’ is a two-week training course for senior security officials, ministries and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at KAIPTC.

It is aimed at assisting participants to contribute to the development, implementation and review of national security and defense policies.

Mr. Benjamin, in his opening remark, stated that the purpose of the course is enable military personnel understand the rudiments of planning the defense sector in general.

According to him, the course had previously been offered to security officials by the two institutions.

‘This is a course offered by the Cranfield University UK about how to plan the defense sector in general, and this is not the first time we have partnered the KAIPTC, which has fantastic reputation,’ he indicated.

‘This is not just for the region but for the UK and United Nations system. This course is said to be for professionals not only military,’ he added.

Mr Benjamin called for more work to be done to ensure that peace prevails at all time.

Colonel Dr. Emmanuel Kotia, the Course Director, on his part, explained that the course will focus on discussing the various organizations.

They would also discuss how administration under management of defense of the various sectors is organized depending on all the contemporary democracies, according to Dr. Kotia

The 10-day non-residential course, which is expected to end on July 18, 2014, would witness plenary sessions, lectures and syndicate exercises.

At the end of the training, participants would be awarded certificates by the University.

By Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie and Esther Osei Bonsu

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