Delivering on Capacity Development Objectives: Completion of the First Training Course on Crash Investigation (I)
In the framework of the partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Interior (MOI) and General Secretariat for Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) in the implementation of comprehensive and long term national traffic strategy, a graduation ceremony was held on Thursday 11th of May 2017 for cadre of General Department of Traffic and General Department of Investigation who participated in crash investigation training programme that started in October 2016 and ended on 11th of May 2017.
The ceremony was attended by UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, Major General Fahad Al-shuwaiya, Ms. Haifa Al-Mudhaf, Assistant Secretary-General for Supreme Council Affairs and Future Foresight of GSSCPD and Major General Fahad Al-Dosari, Director of General Department of Investigation.
In his opening remarks, the National Coordinator for the project Colonel Salem Al-Ajmi gave an overview of the training programme, stating that the implementation of the training programme over 5 courses during the preceding 8 months inside Kuwait in partnership with one of the most well-known international institutions in the field of crash investigation marks a significant milestone in implementing training strategies and plans in traffic investigation in the country. Mr. Al-Ajmi evoked the occasion of Fourth UN Global Week for Road Safety (8-14 May 2017), where our celebration of the completion of training is part of the efforts taken around the world during this week in raising awareness of road safety and in particular dangers of speeding, which is the theme of the UN Week for Road Safety in 2017
In her remarks, Ms. Benjelloun commended the partnership UNDP has had with MOI and GSCCPD and added the training programme reflects the high priority partners accord to capacity development as a core strategy in implementing national development priorities. Ms. Benjelloun reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to supporting partners in addressing development challenges in traffic sector and in achieving national development objectives.
Ms. Benjelloun also expressed thanks and best wishes to graduates for their dedication to the course and as they embark on the task of applying their skills in their daily work, adding “We all know that while one formal training programme can go a long way in transferring and building knowledge, it can never be enough. We must all strive to build the capacities for continuous learning, to constantly ground international experiences in our local context.” Ms. Benjelloun also remarked on the timeliness of the graduation ceremony as it coincides with the launch of the Fourth UN Global Week for Road Safety, in particular to its theme of speed management. Ms. Benjelloun recalled, “In 2011, the UN declared a Decade of Action for Road Safety, laying out the long-term goal of reducing fatalities from traffic crashes. The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 by world community, have the ambitious target of reducing the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 50% by 2020.” Ms. Benjelloun concluded her remarks by encouraging all to take the opportunity to spread the message of the Fourth UN Global Week for Road Safety: “Slowdown”
In turn, in his remarks, Major General AlShuwaiya commended the partnership with UNDP and GSSCPD and explained that capacity development lies at the core of MOI strategy in achieving improved institutional performance, drawing attention to the added value of holding such training in Kuwait as it enhances a better understanding of context of local challenges as well as it fosters the interaction necessary for learning. Major General re-affirmed commitment of MOI to continue supporting such initiatives and called on graduates to continue striving to learn, adding, “continuous development requires continuous willingness to learn, to better understand the nature of challenges and to keep abreast of international expertise and lessons learned from country experiences.”
Ms. Al-Mudhaf delivered brief remarks on behalf of GSSCPD on the occasion.
Mr. Adam Hyde on behalf of Northwestern University expressed thanks for the opportunity to carry out the training in Kuwait, expressing best wishes to the trainees in their daily work.
At the end of the ceremony, Ms. Benjelloun, Mr. AlShuwaiya and Ms. Am-Mudhaf took part in the awarding of certificates to the trainees.”
The training programme was held over a period of six months and consisted of various basic and advanced courses releant to crash investigation such as basic and advanced Crash Investigation, Vehicle Dynamics and basic and advanced Crash Reconstruction. The Center of Public Safety of Northwestern University has implemented the training programme through provision of instructors and curriculum. The Center of Public Safety is considered one of the leading institution in providing training in the field of Crash Investigation worldwide.