Friday, 23 March 2018

“Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) competence-building seminar” in Nairobi, Kenya

Within the framework of the PSSM Capacity Development and Technical Advice in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa project, BICC aimed at implementing capacity development activities in the area of PSSM for armed forces and security agencies in Africa.

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In partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), a PSSM Competence-building Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, was conducted from 15 to 23 March 2018. The seminar was attended by 22 participants from military and police forces from different East African states (Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania) with six Instructor Candidates, six PSSM Instructors and two Senior Instructors.

The aim of the course was to systematically and sustainably train participants in order to develop a core group of PSSM Instructor and PSSM Senior Instructors with highly developed PSSM expertise to enable them to eventually qualify as Senior Instructors and conduct PSSM training activities without external help. The training curriculum was based on a series of PSSM modules that have been developed by MSAG. These modules were designed to accurately align with principles related to effective weapons and ammunition management practices and standard operating procedures (SOPs) outlined in the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs). The examples used to illustrate the standards while teaching the modules are drawn from the instructors own operational experience.