In February 2001, the seminar of Bamako calls on the African countries who have signed the Ottawa Convention, to implement the commitments, particularly through regional cooperation.
In this framework, with the support of France, Benin has announced the creation of a regionally-focused national school, specialized in training in humanitarian demining. The School is better known by its acronym “CPADD” (Centre de Perfectionnement aux Actions post conflictuelles de Déminage et Dépollution, Center for Humanitarian Demining Training).
CPADD was built in 2002 in the centre of the historical city of Ouidah (Southern Benin). It’s a training center, so it the focus is to provide advice and assistance to African countries affected by landmines and explosive ordnance. It proposes, in particular, courses to meet the needs of Humanitarian Mine Action Programmes and Peacekeeping Operations.
CPADD was inaugurated on 25 April 2003 by the Benin Minister of Defense (Mr. Pierre OSHO) in presence of the French ambassador (Mr. François MIMIN) and the French ambassador in charge of demining action and victim assistance (Mr. Gerard CHESNEL).
To provide advice and assistance to African countries affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war by proposing courses to meet the needs of Humanitarian Mine Action Programmes and Peacekeeping Operations in Africa.
The CPADD is organized as follows:
- ONE director of the Beninese center
- ONE Beninese deputy who is Director of Training
- ONE French collaborator as Director of Studies
- ONE administrative and financial division
- ONE support division
- ONE secondary French collaborator as Technical Expert
- ONE training division with more than 10 Beninese instructors assigned to CPADD and timely reinforced with instructors from France, Belgium and Brazil
Diamond of the Engineers, red on black, formed by two joined and inverted triangles symbolizing the danger of mines. Slightly tilted to the right, the support wants to express a notion of movement that reflects the commitment of African countries in the mine action on their continent
The expression of the commitment between Benin and France is symbolized by their respective flag.
The African continent, hit by the scourge of mines, is firmly committed to mine action, represented by the sapper.
They symbolize the excellence of the main mission of CPADD: training the basic techniques of demining and clearance to the trainers The badge
Symbol of the host country, Benin, represented by the chair of the King of Abomey.
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