On Wednesday February 10, 2021, the international conference room of the Alioune Blondin Beye School of Peacekeeping in Bamako (EMPABB) hosted a signing ceremony for the partnership agreement between EMP-Bamako and the Algerian Democratic Republic and Popular. This convention places Algeria at the rank of member of the Board of Directors (CA) of the said School and increases the number of members from African countries of this Board of Directors to two African countries including Mali.
The EMP-Bamako Board of Directors is made up of 12 members. They are: Canada (member of the Board), ECOWAS (member of the Board), Denmark (member of the Board), France (member of the Board), Japan (member of the Board), Mali (member and presidency of the CA), Federal Republic of Germany (CA member), Kingdom of the Netherlands (CA member), United Kingdom (CA member), Switzerland (CA member), Kingdom of Morocco ( associate member) and Algeria. It is worth mentioning that the right of member of the Board of Directors (CA) is acquired through regular funding of one hundred million CFA francs to EMP-Bamako by the country or the institution wishing to join.
Witnessing this signing of a partnership agreement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, the Representative of the Minister of Defense and of Veterans of Mali, the Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in Mali and the Director General of EMP-ABB, in addition to the staff of the Administration and interns who are the first beneficiaries of the said partnership.
The Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School of Bamako (EMPABB) has risen to a level of expertise that makes it a benchmark training center of excellence for ECOWAS and the African Union , To date, more than 32.000 trainees have been trained there, including students, journalists, civil society organizations (CSOs), police and military. The EMPABB's primary mission is to train and promote peace throughout the African continent and especially in the ECOWAS region. It also has unique expertise based on strong local experience adapted to national and sub-regional realities. And this was possible thanks to the trust and support of all its partners.
This is the place to invite African countries to follow in Algeria's footsteps because the promotion of peace on the African continent must first and foremost be the business of African countries.