Dhaka, 24 February :  A Press briefing  on `Exercise Shantidoot -4’ jointly organized by Bangladesh Army and US Pacific Command held today, Saturday (24-2-18) at ISPR Directorate, Dhaka Cantonment.

Brigadier General Md  Tofael Ahmed, psc Chief Instructor(CI), Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) addressed the media followed by a question-answer session. Director ISPR, Maj Cassandra Gesceki, Co-director, Global Peace Support Operation initiative (GPOI) and other senior civil and military officials were also present.

A multinational exercise on United Nations Peace Operations named ‘EXERCISE SHANTI DOOT-4’ will be held at Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), in cooperation with the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) as co-sponsor, under the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Program from 26 February 2018 to 12 March 2018. The meaning of ‘SHANTI DOOT’ is ‘Ambassador of Peace’.  The aim of this event is to build capacity of the armed forces of troops contributing countries in the United Nations peace operations. It may be mentioned that each year this ‘Multi-national Peacekeeping Event (MPE)’ is being conducted by the USPACOM in various countries of Asia-Pacific region, and BIPSOT washonoured to host such events in 2002, 2008 and 2012.

SHANTI DOOT-4 is aimed at ensuring tactical proficiency and technical competence of leaders and soldiers for supporting a unit’s Mission Essential Tasks List in UN peacekeeping mission. The goals and objectives of SHANTI DOOT-4 are to increase participants’ interoperability and peacekeeping skills prior to deployment in UN missions. SHANTI DOOT-4is focused on preparing militaries from many countries to participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world.The exercise is featured with three broad aspects i.e. Field Training Event (FTE), Staff TrainingEvent (STE) and ‘Critical Enabler Capability Enhancement (2CE)’. Besides, a day-long Strategic Level Seminar as sideline event titled ‘Changing Role of UN Peacekeeping Operations – Challenges and Opportunities’ is also planned on 27 February 2018. Approximately1319participants from 32 different countries across the globe namely Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia-herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Fiji, Ghana, Great Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, USA and Vietnamwill participate. Bangladesh is honored to be the host country.

The exercise will commence with an opening ceremony on 26 February 2018.Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc (Retired), Security Affairs Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will grace the Opening Ceremony as Chief Guest and will declare the opening of the exercise with a colourful gathering at Rajendrapur Cantonment. After two weeks of training the exercise will be closed on 12 March 2018 byProfessor Dr. GowherRizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The opening ceremony is expected to be witnessed by a host of guests from home and abroad. Senior civil and military officials and distinguished guests from home and abroad will also grace the event. Eminent journalists, military analysts and educationist will also attend the ceremony.

The purpose of organizing exercise SHANTI DOOT-4 is to promote regional peace and security and enhance the peacekeeping capabilities of participating countries. The training conducted for Field Training Event will be based on various lane training that will be conducted to train the platoons on the basic skills on various tactical actions that they are likely confront when conducting peacekeeping operations.Staff Training Event will be conducted to train the officers on staff skills required by military officers to operate in different Headquarters of peacekeeping missions. The training will be facilitated by instructors with extensive peacekeeping training experience. Besides, representatives from various UN and international agencies will also observe the exercise.

Presently, Bangladesh is one of the leading troops contributing countries in UN mission. This has been possible due to the professionalism of our Armed Forces personnel and the quality training they receive on United NationsPeace Support Operation at BIPSOT. The outcome of these mega events will also enrich BIPSOT to contribute more in promoting peace. SHANTI DOOT-4 will be a remarkable footstep for Bangladesh Army in international area. It will certainly increase credibility of Bangladesh amongst the international peacekeeping community. ExerciseSHANTI DOOT-4 will leave a long lasting impression of peaceful existence and friendly cooperation in the minds of all participants.