CCCPA, Government of Japan and UNDP Launch a New Phase of Cooperation

Apr 20, 2016

From left to right: Counsellor Ashraf Swelam, CCCPA Director, H.E. Ambassador Sherif Refaat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation for Development, H.E. Ambassador Hamdy Loza, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Anita Nirody, Resident Representative of UNDP

The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), the Government of Japan (GoJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new phase of their cooperation in support of peace and security in Africa on 20 April 2016.

The project – “Enhancing Peace, Security and Stability in Africa” – is another milestone in Egyptian-Japanese trilateral cooperation in Africa.  It opens a new phase of the well-established cooperation between CCCPA, the GoJ and UNDP, now in its 9th year. The project leverages CCCPA’s unique position as an African Union (AU) Center of Excellence in training, to enhance African capacities in matters of peace and security.

Specifically, the new project will contribute to supporting efforts of national, regional and continental players in the areas of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; dealing with transnational threats and challenges to peace and security, including most notably terrorism and extremist ideologies leading to it; and supporting the TICAD process. CCCPA is one of only four African training centers to receive Japanese funding in 2016.

At a ceremony hosted by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and witnessed by Mr. Ken Mukai, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, H.E. Ambassador Sherif Refaat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation for Development, Anita Nirody, Resident Representative of UNDP, and Counsellor Ashraf Swelam, CCCPA Director, signed the new project.  Ms. Nirody expressed her appreciation of CCCPA’s regional role in issues of peace and security. “At UNDP, we are highly appreciative of the excellent partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CCCPA and the Government of Japan, given the pivotal role played by CCCPA to consolidate African voices to contribute to shaping the global policy debates on the peacekeeping and peacebuilding architecture,” she said.

On his side, Director Swelam praised the continuing cooperation with the GoJ and UNDP, describing both as “partners in success”. “Thanks to the generosity of the Japanese Government and people, CCCPA has been making organizational leaps that have allowed it to multiply manifold its contribution to peace and security in Africa. CCCPA has also become a partner of choice for international, regional and national actors, including the United Nations, the African Union and the League of Arab States in training and capacity building,” he added.

In their joint statement during the March visit, President El-Sisi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the new Japanese support to CCCPA in recognition of its “important role in maintaining peace and stability in Africa.”

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