Mr Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Deputy Minister for Defence, said the changing dynamics of armed conflicts over the last two decades, require an integrated approach to peace operations.
He said, the multi-dimentional activities and resources that are handled in a peace operations theatre demands that comprehensive and coordinated measures are taken by the actors and stakeholders in the theatre in order achieve the desired end-state.
Mr. Adjei was speaking at the opening of the 2016 peace Operations Course at the Ghana Armed Force Command and Staff College in Accra.
The 10-days course is aimed at providing middle level military officers, officers from allied security agencies and middle level directors of selected institutions with the skills and knowledge of operational level planning, coordination and conduct of peace operations.
This he said, the activities may include stabilization operations, humanitarian relief, security sector reforms, reconstruction and economic recovery support, governance and democratic restructuring among others.
Mr. Adjei said peace operations currently constitute a major intervention tool for the international community in the management and resolution of conflicts and for that matter the maintenance of peace and security, particularly the case for the United Nations and regional/Sub-regional organizations.
He said within the African continent, peace operations remain a key intervention tool for the management and resolution of conflicts by the African Union and Regional Economic Communities.
‘I am duly informed that the module culminate with an ECOWAS Combined Joint African Exercise from June 6-10, 2016 with the aimed to train participants to acquire the practical skills needed in a joint multinational and interagency environment in order to develop a better understanding of the challenges involved in peace planning peace support operations.”
Mr. Adjei said it was critical that actors and stakeholders understand the challenges and opportunities available to make the mission mandate successful in a coordinated manner.
He said the course seek to expose participants to an advanced and critical understanding of peace operations as a concept and practice in the international system.
The Deputy Minister said the course will provide the appropriate platform for participants to better appreciate the nature and evolution of peace operations in response to contemporary changing conflicts dynamics.
“It will also expose the military to participants tothe command, staff and leadership challenges that participation in the peace operations poses to officers in command and staff positions.”
He said the limited duration of the course will not be possible to widen the scope of the course outline beyond what is captured in the course instructions.
Mr.Adjei urged the participants to use the forum to value each other roles and responsibilities and achieve the objectives of the course.