The 26th annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) began Monday at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) in Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur.
Under the overall management of the Bangladesh Army the conference will be held from October 31 to November 4. The theme of this year’s conference is “Peace Operations in the Digital Era – Opportunities and Challenges for the Global Training Community”.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was present as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.
The chief guest said “This conference is being held at a time when the intensity and complexity of various types of inter-state and internal conflicts around the world have taken an unprecedented form. In this situation, we are all working together to maintain world peace under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
“In this regard, IAPTC is making an important contribution to global peacekeeping by increasing the operational skills of peacekeepers, improving the quality of training and modernizing them,” he said.
Finally, he thanked all the Bangladesh Army for organising this conference beautifully and wished for the overall success of the conference.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed said that the Bangladesh Army is organising this important conference for the third time, which is an example of Bangladesh’s strong leadership in both diplomatic and military arenas in establishing world peace.
“Today’s global security environment is becoming increasingly complex. The main objective of the IAPTC will be to assess the dynamic nature of this changing security situation and to outline the future course of action and necessary training to address it. IAPTC is a unique platform for policymakers, researchers, peacekeeping trainers and other concerned individuals and institutions involved in peacekeeping operations, training and research” he added.
At the annual conference, BIPSOT Commandant Maj Gen A S M Ridwanur Rahman will take over as the President of this important organisation on the concluding day.
Mentionable that the activities of this organisation started on July 2, 1995 at Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada. Around 90 different centres, institutions and organisations have participated in IAPTC since its inception. IAPTC currently has 267 member institutions.
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, Ambassadors assigned to Bangladesh, representatives of various organisations, Members of Parliament, Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, UN Military Adviser, UN Acting Police Adviser, Defence Military Attachés assigned to Bangladesh, high-ranking military and civilian officials, heads/representatives of other UN agencies, faculties of various universities, around 135 foreign delegates and journalists from more than 50 member countries of IAPTC and local dignitaries were present.