Minister Fast Inaugurates Peacekeeping Training Centre in Tanzania

Canadian-funded facility will prepare peacekeepers for duties around the world

June 27, 2014 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets with Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, at the inauguration of the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre in Dar es Salaam. The state-of-the art centre will play a key role in preparing military personnel, police and civilians from regional and international partner countries to participate in United Nations and African Union peace operations.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force contributed $1.3 million toward the construction of the training centre. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the commitment to fund the centre in 2012 during Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s official visit to Canada.

Canada’s support for the centre demonstrates its commitment to defend peace, stability and democracy by working in partnership with other countries.

Minister Fast’s participation in the centre’s inauguration comes at the end of his 10-day, four-country trade mission to the African countries identified as priority markets in Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan. The Minister visited Burkina Faso on June 18 and 19; Madagascar on June 20 and 21; South Africa from June 22 to 24; and Tanzania from June 25 to 27, 2014.

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Shannon Gutoskie
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
343-203-7700
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