July 28, 2011
At the beginning of the ceremony, Mr. Saito, Chief Representative of JICA Turkey office sings national anthems with the other authorities.
1. The opening ceremony for the training of Afghanistan police cadets was held at the Sivas Higher Vocational Police School on July 28, where JICA has dispatched Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers (JUDO experts). Mr. Adnan KARADENIZ, head of the school, Mr. William B. CALDWELL, NTM-A Commander, Mr. Shunichi KURYU, Director General for International Affairs of Japan National Police, H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi ARAKI, Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Francis J. RICCIARDNE, USA Ambassador, Mr. Ali KOLAT, Governor of Sivas, Mr. Mehmet KILICLAR, General Director of Turkish National Police, Mr. Jamal Abdul Nasir SIDDIQ, Afghanistan Deputy Minister of Interior, and H.E. Mr. Idris Naim SAHIN, Minister of Interior, participated the ceremony.
2. Mr. KURYU expressed that the training aims to contribute to the development and capacity building of the Afghanistan police maintaining security in their home country. H.E. Mr. ARAKI remarked that this JUDO training is to not only acquire the JUDO technique or physical strength but also discipline and professional ethics as a national police officer. And he added that, this training may contribute to the peace and stability in the future of Afghanistan. Moreover, Mr. SIDDIQ and H.E. Mr. SAHIN expressed their gratitude for Japan's assistance.
Demonstration of JUDO in front of the guests
Assistance for Afghanistan through Turkey
3. The decades-long conflict devastated Afghanistan's economic infrastructure, but after the fall of the Taliban regime, with the support from the international community, has brought significant improvements to the Afghanistan. Especially, Japan has pledged to provide up to around 5 billion US dollars within about 5 years to support Afghanistan.
4. In this regards, JICA support the police training implemented by Turkish National Police by dispatching 6 Judo experts. And they will train 500 Afghanistan cadets in “the Sivas higher Vocational Police School.” This assistance is part of Japan's pledge as mentioned above.
5. The total training period is approximately 6 months including Judo training which will be conducted from July 25 to October 7. JICA provides Afghanistan cadets with opportunities to acquire discipline and professional ethics by the JUDO training. To the end, this training is planned to implement once again in the near future. And total of 1,000 Afghanistan cadets are going to learn Judo by 6 JICA short term experts.
6. Through this project, JICA expect to improve security in Afghanistan and to strengthen the relationship between Turkey, Afghanistan, and Japan.