Canada and France Together for the Peacekeeping School at Bamako (Mali)
For immediate release
OTTAWA, April 4th, 2007 – Canada and France, in cooperation with six other countries, are participating in the establishment of the Peacekeeping School of Mali at Bamako. This school is devoted to providing African officers with training for peace support operations. Since its beginnings, it has trained 1 633 officers stemming from 40 African countries.
Initially founded in 1999 in Cote d’Ivoire and located in Koulikouro (Mali) since 2002, the Peacekeeping School is a Malian establishment serving the region, devoted to providing in peace support operations in Africa to military officers who come chiefly from the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
France has been seeking since 2004 to open up the national schools serving the region more widely to the multilateral partnership so as to give them greater visibility, especially to other partners in Africa.
The total cost of the infrastructures, approximately 8 million euros (12.4 million CAD) is shared between the two countries, as well as Denmark, Switzerland, the United States, the Netherlands, Britain and Germany. Canada contributed 1 million (CAD) for this project, France, more than 3.5 million (CAD).
Information : Jean-Christophe Fleury, press Counsellor