The Nepali Government has committed to send 10,000 army personnel for the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
In a bid to train the concerned personnel, the Nepal Army has started upgrading and equipping the Kavre-based Birendra Peace Operations Training Center (BPOTC) on par with the ‘Center for Excellence’ approach.
The BPOTC is being upgraded in order to meet the latest security challenges encountered by the army personnel at their workplace.
According to the Colonel Manoj Baidawar, the commandant at the Center, a pre-deployment training can also be provided to foreign army personnel after the development of the BPOTC.
“We have been working more on equipping the center in all ways so that the center can be hailed as one of the best training centers,” said Colonel Manoj.
Moreover, the Nepal Army is planning to expand the BPOTC and has already appealed the Defense Ministry to coordinate in land acquisition.
Nepal has been contributing to the UN Peacekeeping Missions across the world for over 60 years.
The country has sent 129,890 Nepali soldiers for UN Peacekeeping Mission since the first sent Old Gorkha Battalion in 1974.
Currently, over 5,700 Nepali soldiers are serving in more than a dozen countries under the UN Missions, making Nepal the fifth largest contributor to the UN Peacekeeping.
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