Canadian Forces train in Belize



    MONTREAL, July 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)
and a few other specialized Canadian Forces (CF) troops will be in Belize from
July 27 to August 15, 2008, training for reconstruction operations in
preparation for their mission in Afghanistan from March to October 2009.
    "The Canadian Government enjoys a very good relationship with Belize and
has mandated the CF to become involved in the community there while training
for deployment in Afghanistan," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre St-Laurent,
Commanding Officer of the PRT for Task Force 1-09. "We will use this
opportunity to build relationships with the local population, civilian and
Belize Defence Force authorities, and the authorities of the British Army
Training and Support Unit Belize--which will also help us maximize the
effectiveness of our training in a foreign setting."
    During the exercise, the PRT plans to work in close cooperation with the
Belize Defence Force to improve its infrastructure by carrying out renovations
and establishing preventative maintenance programs, while mentoring
supervisors. Moreover, members of the civil-military cooperation (CIMIC)
platoon are training to fulfill their role as coordinators for the various
stakeholders on the ground.
    Twenty-five provincial reconstruction teams throughout Afghanistan are
helping the democratically elected Afghan government extend its authority,
enhance its governance capacity, rebuild the country and provide services to
its population. The Canadian PRT, composed of 330 people, brings together the
expertise of diplomats, corrections experts, development specialists, the
police and the military.




For further information:

For further information: on the Provincial Reconstruction Team:
www.canadainternational.gc.ca/canada%2Dafghanistan/; on Exercise TEAM BUILDER,
please contact the Public Affairs Officer for current operations at Land Force
Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (East) Headquarters: (514) 252-2777, ext
4291

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