Japan donates Sh87 million to increase Kenya’s maritime security capacity

Participants of the second strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy Course/ IPSTC

The government of Japan will donate Sh87 million to the International Peace Support Training Centre to improve its capacity and increase Kenya’s capacity in maritime security.

This emerged on Friday when Japan Ambassador to Kenya Horie Ryoichi virtually attended the closing ceremony of the strategic maritime security and blue economy course on Friday, February 26.

The course is part of Japan’s support for the development of the blue economy in Kenya.

In a statement on Friday, Japan Embassy said the country has been playing a pivotal role in enhancing the capacity of Kenyan maritime security.

“The annual support to IPSTC, which funds more than 100 training courses, is just a part of it,” the statement said.

Ambassador Horie in his speech mentioned “Free and Open Indo-Pacific“, in which Japan aims to promote stability and prosperity of the international community by improving the connectivity of Asia and Africa through free and open oceans.

“Japan`s support through IPSTC has been implemented through UN since 2009, a total of more than 100 courses and 5,000 students have been trained. Japan previously supported and continues to support research and training on Disaster Risk Reduction, Conflict Prevention, Countering Violent Extremism and Maritime Security and Blue Economy,” the statement said.

The Peace Support Training Centre was established in January 2001 as part of the Kenyan Defence Staff College.

It trains police and civilian personnel in all aspects of peace support operations

Other participants included Director Humanitarian Pease Support School Colonel Magahanga, Major GeneralArap Rob(Mentor IPSTC) and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Madam Mandisa.

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