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Deputy Minister Salangi visits Germany to learn about crisis management

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Germany, March 2015. Civil crisis management was the main focus of a study trip by the Deputy Minister of Interior for Security, General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi to Germany. The visit between 15 to 21 March involved a fully packed agenda, visiting several German (Police) institutions, including the Ministry of Interior, the Fedearl Police and the Foreign Office and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance. The aim of the visit was to familiarise General Salangi with crisis management structures and procedures both nationally and sub-nationally. The acquired knowledge will hopefully pave the way for setting up and embedding a modern, professional crisis-management system within the Afghan Ministry of Interior

The EUPOL financed study visit supported also by German authorities, is part of a EUPOL strategic project. EUPOL advisers in the Ministry of Reform Unit have identified in joint discussions with their Afghan counterparts, that there are still gaps to fill in the management and leadership skills of senior Ministry of Interior/Afghan National Police officials. One of the gaps identified is to improve the leadership, management and control skills. This is highlighted in one of EUPOLs strategic projects, which includes the implementation of a crisis management system within the Ministry of Interior and the development of management and leadership training for the senior leadership of the MoI/ANP. The study trip was the first part of the project.

Germany was selected as one the best practice countries in Europe due to its recent success in developing crisis management structures at the federal level, who offered to host the Ministry of Interior official delegation led by General Salangi for an educational visit to the relevant institutions engaged in managing crises.

General Salangi stated that the visit was “very useful and beneficial for both sides.” He also mentioned that “despite different circumstances in Afghanistan and Germany, there are quite a few commonalities in crisis-management systems. The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) is really taking a huge interest in the professional experiences of German authorities and their procedures and structures.” Salangi said he now needs to study further the provided information of the German Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will use the relevant aspects to improve the crisis management structures and procedures of the Afghan Ministry of Interior.

General Salangi was accompanied by Dr. Alexander Schmelzer, project leader and Chief of EUPOL’s Head of Ministry Reform Unit. Superintendent Schmelzer, who is also one of the advisers of Salangi, said: “The Deputy Minister argued and discussed with experts his huge knowledge of crisis-management procedures in Afghanistan and around the world.” He said how “Salangi’s professional behavior also convinced the authorities about the good development within the Afghan government and the achievements of the international community in the last years supporting the police of Afghanistan.”

The next step of the project “Improving leadership, management and control skills” is already under way: The senior decision-making nucleus of the Ministry of Interior management will be invited soon to attend a tailor-made crisis management course delivered at the German Police University by experienced trainers. It is expected that this customised curriculum of the management and leadership course will be introduced as a regular police training programme at the Police Staff College in Kabul. EUPOLs Alexander Schmelzer is already looking forward to this project and is convinced that “this will ensure an effective transition into full Afghan ownership to secure the sustainability of the project.

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