On 1 Nov 2016, the two days Africa Military Education Program (AMEP) workshop was officially closed by the Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Maj Gen Jacques Musemakweli (on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff), along with the US Ambassador to Rwanda, HE Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Kigali.
In his remarks, Gen Musemakweli noted that the workshop was an excellent opportunity for participants to share experiences and lessons learned that will enhance respective military capacity building across African Continent. “We should remain committed to sharing knowledge and training innovations that could enable African Militaries to effectively deal with contemporary security challenges”, he underlined.
On behalf of the RDF, Gen Musemakweli expressed deep gratitude to the US Government for offering assistance and support to African Militaries. “Let’s look forward for our partnership and the bright future of our cooperation that will be of mutual benefit to both the US and Africa”, the ACOS said.
In her remarks, HE Erica J. Barks-Ruggles emphasised that Africa Military Education Program was important in improving military professionalisation for African countries to defend themselves against current and future security threats. She urged participants to the workshop to implement the lessons learnt once back home and to remain committed to the AMEP, arguing that the program helps in reinforcing military partnership between the US and Africa for the benefit of citizens.
HE the Ambassador commended in particular Rwanda Defence Force for efforts and dedication to the professionalism of its own forces as well as commitment to the regional security.
Countries represented in the 2016 Kigali AMEP workshop are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, Benin, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Togo.