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Additional Assistance to Peacekeeping Training Centers in Africa

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On Tuesday, August 9, the Government of Japan has provided additional assistance to Peacekeeping Training Centers in Africa, amounting to 2.7 million US dollars (240.3 million yen). Out of this assistance, 500,000 US dollars will be additionally provided to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana and the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) in Egypt respectively, 800,000 US dollars additionally to the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Kenya, as well as 900,000 US dollars newly to the ISS Peace Academy (ISSPA) in Ethiopia.

Although a number of conflicts and civil wars are being settled in Africa, there remain volatile countries and regions and six UN peacekeeping operations (one of which is an AU [African Union] / UN hybrid operation) and one peacekeeping mission of the AU are in operation on the continent. Japan, recognizing that training of personnel is essential in implementing effective peacekeeping operations, has been providing assistance to peacekeeping training centers throughout Africa for the promotion of the capacity of African countries in peacekeeping. Japan intends to continue effective assistance, including the dispatch of lecturers. [Note] Japan's cooperation to peacekeeping training centers in Africa

The Government of Japan provided assistance amounting to approximately 14.5 million US dollars in total in 2008 to five peacekeeping training centers in Africa (in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Rwanda) for the construction and rehabilitation of facilities, provision of equipment such as computers and the conduct of training courses, among other forms of assistance. In the fiscal year of 2009, Japan extended its assistance to three more centers (in Benin, Nigeria and South Africa), which amounted to approximately 4 million US dollars in total, and in 2010 (fiscal year), it provided additional assistance to three centers (in Egypt, Ghana and Mali) and new assistance to one center in Cameroon (approximately 2.52 million US dollars in total). Japan has up to now sent 18 Japanese lecturers (7 Self-Defense-Force personnel and 11 civilians) to four centers. More than 1,800 military, police and civilian personnel have been trained through Japan's assistance to date. The Government of Japan has transmitted 2.7 million US dollars, the assistance to Peacekeeping Training Centers for the fiscal year of 2011, to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Each center will receive the assistance through the UNDP.

(*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)