Speech by Mr. DAISUKE KUROKI, Ambassador of Japan to MALI, on the occasion of the ceremony of handing over the equipment of the project "support for the school of peacekeeping, ALIOUNE BLONDIN BEYE


Bamako, February 3, 2022

Excellency Mr. Director General of the Alioune Blondin BEYE Peacekeeping School (EMP-ABB),
Mr. Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme,
Honorable Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen.
It is a great honor for me to take part, on behalf of the Government and the Japanese people, in this ceremony of handing over the equipment of the project “Support for the Peacekeeping School – Alioune Blondin BEYE (EMP-ABB) – for the professionalization of state and non-state actors in the fields of protection of civilians, mediation and gender in the Sahel and the promotion of online courses”. Funded with the supplementary budget for the Japanese fiscal year 2020 to the tune of 900 USD, or approximately 000 million CFA francs through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the project aims to train state and non-state actors -state authorities in the areas of civilian protection and gender promotion in the Sahel and to strengthen the logistical and technical capacities of the EMP-ABB.

Ladies and gentlemen,

On July 23, 2021, we met at this School for the closing ceremony of the course "Protection of civilians in peacekeeping operations" organized as part of the implementation of the same project. And today, we are still there for the delivery of a borehole equipped with a water tower, a solar energy system, three “interactive boards”, the thermal camera and the thermo flash.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Guaranteeing access to water and sanitation for all and ensuring the sustainable management of water resources by 2030 is a major challenge for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also crucial is modern, reliable energy to reduce poverty and raise living standards. Based on this observation, the government of Japan has decided to drill 100 m deep autonomously with solar panels providing a stock of 5 cubic meters of water and equipped with a water tower and an automatic system. of pressure drop detection on the School circuit and an installation of 16 3 kw modules at the level of the "Conference room" building and matched with storage batteries. This borehole will save a lot of water on watering the establishment and reduce its operating costs. As for the solar energy system, it aims to ensure the complete autonomy of the “Conference Room” building and to reduce electricity-related expenses. Regarding the three "interactive boards", they will make it easier to follow the courses for the staff in the room in order to have additional information regarding the projection on the traditional screen of the overhead projector. All this equipment will enable EMP-ABB to strengthen its logistical and technological capacities in order to better meet the expectations of its users and staff.

Excellency Mr. Director General,

I cannot end my remarks without reiterating my deep gratitude to the UNDP and to the management of the EMP-ABB for the good management of the projects financed by Japan. By officially handing over this equipment to you, I would like to tell you that Japan is happy to accompany the EMP-ABB. Consequently, I would like to invite you to ensure regular maintenance of the equipment thus made available to the School.

I thank you for your kind attention.

Source: mali-web.org