The Charge d’affaires embassy of Japan to Kenya Mr. Kitagawa Yasuhisa, last week on 15th March 2022, presided over the closing ceremony of the Triangular Partnership Project (TPP).
“We are grateful to the Government of Kenya for hosting this training and our various partners within the region especially the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) for continuously supporting this project,” said Mr. Yasuhisa.
Speaking during the ceremony, Director IPSTC Brigadier Joyce Sitienei said that the knowledge and skills acquired by the trainees will be very beneficial towards achieving world peace, which is one of the end states of the project.
The TPP training encompasses Basic Machine Operation course, Intermediate Machine Operation course, Training of Trainers and Engineer Project Management course. Over eight years, the project has seen over 400 trainees qualify at the Humanitarian Peace Support School.
The TPP was one of the outcomes of the September 2014 summit on UN peacekeeping where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe committed to support the Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities to Peacekeeping missions in Africa. In 2016, the flagship program had its first trainees drawn from the KDF.
Also in attendance for the closing ceremony were Commander Engineers Brigade Brigadier Swaleh Saidi, Commander Takao Katsumata of the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Embakasi, Officers, Service Members among others.