The European Union supported the one-week course organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission.
Deputy Head of Mission and Chargé d’ Affaires a. i., Mr. Pieter SMIDT VAN GELDER, opened the course hosted by the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Centre and organised with the support of the GIZ and the German Embassy.
He said that as a key partner of ECOWAS, the EU has supported several initiatives and projects dedicated to strengthening ECOWAS’s mechanisms to promote and maintain peace and stability and post-crisis operations.
These projects include the ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations (EPSAO) Project, co-funded with the Government of the Germany, and implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). EPSAO provides technical assistance to ECOWAS and its Regional Training Centres of Excellence and other training institutions to enhance the capacity of the ECOWAS Standby Force, he stated.
“I am also particularly grateful for the geographic range of this workshop. Security threats know no borders and in our globalised world, we need to be able to come up with integrated and well-coordinated responses to all kind of those. That is why I am happy to see here representatives from virtually all West African countries.”