Since we first began our African work in 2005, CTP has assisted governments and regional experts in Ghana, Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, and Tanzania with assessments, legal reform, capacity building, and specialized training, notably in export control, counter-narcotics, and anti-terrorism. CTP recently established a Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana under the guidance of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL) at the Department of State. This modern full-service facility is intended to help U.S. government agencies support the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI) and the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime approach of building on proven partnerships, investing in future partnerships and creating regional networks in West Africa.
Ghana – (West African Region)
CTP was selected in 2010 to develop and deploy the African Mobile Training Team (MTT) on behalf of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL). We are now working with most West African nations using our new Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra Ghana as a base. We plan and manage a variety of INL training programs at the RTC facility and we recently began organizing other USG initiatives there. The RTC is operated and staffed by four full-time CTP employees, including an IT expert, as well as various local service providers on call. Oversight is provided by the CTP Program Office in Alexandria, VA, under the guidance of INL. Depending on the preference of the USG client, CTP can provide complete and customized training solutions, including logistics and design/delivery of the program, or stay completely in the background as the Facility Manager. Details and contract vehicles are listed on our GSA MOBIS listing.
CTP was recently asked to conduct a national Assessment of a major non-government organization’s compliance with the United States government’s Sudan embargo and related sanctions. Our team of experts worked and traveled in several Sudan locations to audit and assess the client organization’s operations, conducting interviews and inspections as well as building awareness of compliance needs. We worked in Khartoum, Juba, and Nairobi (Kenya) amid the ongoing threats from Sudan’s continuing civil war, terrorism, and anti-Western sentiment. We received effusive praise for our report and for the additional efforts of our Audit staff to share their knowledge regarding the best practices in sanctions compliance.
CTP has worked in Kenya for several years in multiple disciplines. In 2005, CTP conducted an in-country assessment of Kenya’s national export control system and recommended training to augment the legal/regulatory infrastructure, Customs authorities, and licensing procedures and practices. Following this assessment, CTP returned to Nairobi in 2007 to conduct two follow-on training sessions: the first imparted awareness on the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to Kenyan first responders and trained them to use a suite of detection and response equipment. The second training session familiarized a highly engaged audience of policymakers from several ministries with the requirements and opportunities of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. Kenyan audiences requested additional training from the Department of State sponsor. Later in 2007, CTP anti-terrorism experts instructed new Kenyan trainers in how to interdict terrorist activities, and returned to provide more terrorist interdiction training in late 2008. We had planned and were ready to deliver a conference in Mombasa in 2011 on behalf of the Department of Energy, 2nd Line of Defense/Megaports program but it was cancelled due to heightened security concerns.
Within a very tight timeline of three weeks from receiving names to event start, CTP logistics experts arranged for approximately 65 African and other international delegates to travel to a Higher Education Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Working with participants from around the continent, CTP arranged smooth travels for all participants by booking tickets, managing fluctuations in traveler names and dates, and providing alternatives when the primary air carrier folded. The CTP logistics managers working on-site at the Kigali event ensured clean execution of all logistical and event related details, including subcontractor payments and per diem disbursement.