Mauritania - Support for reintegration of military personnel in civilian life – guaranteed employment for 250 trainees

19 July 2012

A ceremony was held on 18 June 2012 at the National Army Technical Training Centre in Rosso, Mauritania, to mark the inception of vocational training courses under the launch phase of the component of the NATO Trust Fund Project in Mauritania supporting the reintegration of military personnel in civilian life.

The event, presided over by National Army Assistant Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mohamed Ould Znagui, was attended by the National Project Coordinator, Colonel Mohamed Cheikh Ould Cheikh Ould Boide, the Regional Governor of Trarza, NAMSA Project Manager Dr Frederic Peugeot, the Defence Attachés of the USA, Spain and Italy (the Lead Nation), chairmen of associations of former and retired members of the armed forces and security forces and numerous civilian and military dignitaries.

During the ceremony, representatives of former military personnel and armed forces and security forces retirees were fervent in their expressions of gratitude and appreciation addressed to the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and his Government, and hailed the exemplary nature of this successful partnership model that ties together Mauritania and NATO.

The vocational training programme included in the NATO Trust Fund Project in Mauritania involves two three-month sessions for 125 trainees and covers five skill sets: carpentry, bricklaying, welding, plumbing and construction electrics.

In addition to the financial support provided to run these courses, the part of the project now commencing also involved expanding the capacity of the Training Centre by constructing two 125-bed dormitories and a refectory with outbuildings, all suitably fitted out with bedding, individual lockers and mess-hall equipment.

Participants in the first session number 74 former military personnel and 51 serving military personnel about to return to civilian life.

The second session, to begin next September, will see members of the other security forces, notably the Gendarmerie and the National Guard, share in this experience.

Designed to assist retirees from the armed forces and security forces, this component of the project marks a major milestone in the relationship between the former members/retirees of the National Army and the military establishment, thus helping to reinforce the ties linking the Army and the Nation.

The aptness and relevance of this novel initiative based on voluntary participation are already inducing the authorities in charge to perpetuate it beyond the timeframe of the Trust Fund Project.

Bright prospects are now opening up for these former military personnel, after an announcement during the ceremony that on completion of training there will be a guarantee of work in state-sector companies or military engineering work programmes.