Speech by Mr. Adama Coulibaly - Inauguration of the Kasapa Police Academy

Apr 10, 2014

Police parade for the inauguration of the Kasapa Police Academy (Katanga). Credit: Genevieve Delaunoy, UNDP, 2013.

Your Excellency, the Governor of Katanga Province,
Commissioner General of the Congolese National Police,
The Ambassador of Japan in DRC
The Resident Representative of JICA in DRC
The police commissioner MONUSCO
Dear Executives of the Congolese National Police,
The Commandant of the Police academy of Kasapa;
Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests,

It is a great honor for me to speak at the inauguration of the Kasapa’s Police academy which officially launches the fifth phase of the project consisting of strengthening both the professional and operational capabilities of the Congolese National Police since its inception in 2009.

To start off with, let me express my thanks to the Government of the DRC, which, through the General Police Commissioner, has mobilized its teams of experts to monitor the project demonstrating the clear will of the Government to implement this project in which it is responsible for.  appropriate. A good collaboration of all stakeholders, namely MONUSCO / UNPOL, the Japanese Cooperation (JICA) and the United Nations Program for Development, under the leadership of the PNC has helped tackle the challenges inherent in starting similar projects.

I also thank the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, the main donor, who has consistently supported efforts to consolidate peace and restoration of the authority of the state by supporting the DRC in its efforts to modernize the police.I als

To thank the MONUSCO Police (UNPOL), which provides quality technical support for the training of learners.

To date, nearly 4,400 police officers were trained all across the DRC and especially Kapalata oriental province, Kasangulu in the province of Bas-Congo, in Goma, the provinces of North and South Kivu provinces. This fifth phase lasting six months at a total cost of 2 million USD will train 500 police officers, including 30 women in Katanga.

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

For several years, the western DRC has received little attention from the international community, due to armed conflict in the east. This is understandable in view of the intense fighting, destruction and the constant threat that undermined national unity in the eastern part of the country.

However, we must remember that the armed conflict in the east, which mobilized for several years the efforts of all national and international actors to try to stabilize the area and manage the widespread political crisis on the entire territory of the DRC , have had a major impact on economic activities and peaceful coexistence between people in the West. That is why I insist on this: the key to peace in the DRC also involves the restoration of trust between the people and security agencies around the country. This confidence grows and develops gradually in a sustainable way, with the legitimacy and capacity of local authorities to ensure the safety of persons and property, to ensure the rule of law, to participate in community recovery and restore true culture of peace.

Thus, by choosing the Katanga Province to inaugurate this new academy formerly known as the " Kasapa Police Training Center" we are entering a new historic page of this partnership and will of the international community to respect its commitments on political reforms and meet the priorities of the Government to encourage a national coverage of interventions for partners.

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

This project is therefore a continuation of the four-way partnership between the PNC, MONUSCO / UNPOL, JICA and UNDP, which began in 2009. The phase that begins today is the fifth in the series and has allowed to strengthen the relationships between the various partners through the exchange of experiences and improvement of everyone’s efforts. UNDP remains committed to support, alongside other partners, the Government's efforts in reforming the security sector through the Monitoring Committee of the Police Reform.
My belief is that the 6 months training that the learners will benefit from will provide additional skills to better achieve their mission of securing the population. The knowledge gained by the coaches and trainers of the National Police who have been trained during the first phase further enhance the sustainability of actions initiated by the partners through this project to help the PNC to better fulfill its role in training of its own workforce.

This method of "peer educators" has proven effective because it creates a very stimulating "snowball" effect for beneficiaries and helps restore community coexistence.

I would like to conclude by stating once again that UNDP is always available, as part of its new 2013-2017 program to support the efforts of the Congolese people in the consolidation of peace in particular, through a police personnel, consisting of men and women, fully aware of their responsibilities, their commitment to the Congolese people and their country.
Thank you for your attention.

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