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U$125 million continental defense and security facility in the pipeline

U$125 million continental defense and security facility in the pipeline

RAIA, Cape Verde — By mid 2020, the Republic of Cabo Verde will inaugurate a continental training centre dedicated to African State Security Forces, according to a report from APO Group Newsroom.

The objective of this initiative is to build capacity to face the persistent security challenges of the continent and to develop international cooperation in defense and security. The center is called Orbit Training Centre and the cost of construction is estimated to be U$125 million.

Orbit Training Centre integrates standard training facilities along with simulation technologies distributed within modules dedicated to indoor or outdoor shooting, combat shooting, SEALs training, sport, intelligence analytics, military and secured communications, legal and tactical interception, crowd control and drug enforcement, illegal poaching and cybercrime.

The Centre is also meant to host international conferences and events, along with B2B sessions in the sector of defense and security.

The Centre will hold a capacity of 150 students and instructors, and will encompass an area of 620 acres (2.5 km2). The centre will be open to all State Security Forces, including Police, Armed Forces, Special Forces, Intelligence, Special Services, Customs, Wildlife Rangers, Firefighters, Civil Protection Forces, all from Africa.

Furthermore it will also be open to international institutions such as the United Nations (peacekeeping operations), the African Union, ECOWAS or ECOMOG, INTERPOL, and NATO.

Developed with the cooperation of the Government of Cabo Verde, Orbit Training Centre will get free zone status.



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