The British High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Jon Benjamin, has noted that for the world to be free from crises, it needs strategic leadership in all areas of endeavor.
He made this statement at the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Strategic Leadership Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The Commissioner pointed out the effects of the global financial crisis, which caused the entire world economy to contract, and the atrocities meted out on citizens by extremist groups such as the IS in Northern Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabaab in Somalia, and other extremist groups in the Sahel, and their expansion of deadly activities as registered in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali.
He also cited weapons proliferation, the advance of cyber warfare threats, the activities of non-state actors advancing their own ideologies, and rogue states. All these, he noted, were present threats to stability.
He added that with this increasing insecurities globally, there was the urgent need for nations to devise strategies and policies to tackle this menace in innovative ways.
Mr. Benjamin pledged the United Kingdom’s unflinching support to its partners across the African continent. “The UK government believes that it is in our national interest to promote prosperity and security in Africa. We need our partners to be stable, prosperous and secure. That is why we work to address the challenges and to maximize the opportunities of each of our African partners”.
He expressed his delight at the impressive representation of participants, noting that it was rich blend of nations, departments and services, and concluded by urging all participants to be critical in their discourses, as collective dialogue and collaborative management, is a sure way of strengthening and effectively addressing the security and defense sector.
The five-day programme was organized by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in conjunction with the Cranfield University, and supported by the British Government. It is aimed at enhancing strategic leadership and management at the corporate or strategic level across defence and the wider security sector, with core subject areas being strategy, leadership, change management and decision making.
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About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana's five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally-recognized institution and has till date trained and tutored over 14,000 participants and students since its inception.