Speech by the German Ambassador to Tanzania Honorable Egon Kochanke
Handing over of Equipment’s from German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) to the Tanzanian Police Force (TPF) on 18.11.2015
Honorable Inspector General of Police Mr. Mangu,
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ally Lugendo,
Detective Chief Superintendant Sven Radke,
Detective Chief Inspector Rainer Harms,
Distinguished Participants of the Police Academy Dar es Salaam,
It is my privilege and great pleasure to address you today on the occasion of this handing-over ceremony of equipment from the German Bundeskriminalamt to the Tanzania Police Force.
Germany and Tanzania are good development partners. Germany is one of the top donors. Sometimes we forget some of the other areas where we work together – be it TPDF or the police.
The BKA and the TPF can look back on a successful cooperation of Police Training Assistance in East Africa over the past 10 years. East Africa is a focal point for our Africa policy – we support the EAC as Regional Organization in this area. Main focus lies on “train the trainer” in the fields of crime scene work and criminal police investigation. In the last year, organized crime linked to drug trafficking became a major problem. Also in this field, BKA and TPF are strengthening their cooperation.
In 2014 and 2015 alone, the German government provide for all participating countries in East Africa an amount of up to more than 800.000.- Euros for this assistance. These are funds from the German tax payers channeled through the Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs.
Today, the Police Academy Dar es Salaam will receive classroom and computer equipment and tables and chairs for the Officers Mess. The Anti Terror Unit Dar Es Salaam will be equipped with five brand-new motorcycles, the same as CID Zanzibar and CID Arusha - altogether worth about 80.000.- Euros.
On this occasion I would like to thank you Mr. Radke and you Mr. Harms. Mr. Radke is the Head of Police Development Assistance Unit in BKA Berlin and Mr. Harms is the Advisor for Police Development Assistance of BKA in East Africa. Both have lobbied for East Africa and particularly for Tanzania. During their previous visits they have informed me about the Trainer – to –Trainer concept. For both and my colleagues of the Embassy Tanzania became an important and reliable partner.
I hope that the German contribution will help to continue to keeping up the good work of the Tanzanian Police Force and strengthen our bilateral cooperation.