Building Integrity UK returned to the Occupied Palestinian Territories once more in January.
The course was delivered to 33 senior members of the Palestinian Authority from the Palestinian Civil Police, Special Police Force, Presidential Guard, National Security Force, Ministry of Labour, Military Medical Services, Military and General Intelligence, Preventative Security Organisation, General Military Training Commission, Military Judicial Commission, Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Anti-Corruption Commission of Palestine.
The course was once again visited by Major General Yousef Ali Al Hilou, Head of the General Military Training Commission on behalf of the Prime Minister. He presented certificates and, along with the Senior British Officer in the office of the United States Security Co-ordinator, addressed the course in Ramallah. The course attracted a high level of interest in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as it was the first joint 50:50 delivery of the BI Senior Leaders course by the UK Defence Academy and the MOI instructors. The PASF instructors from the Ministry of Interior have been supported over the last 2 years by BI UK through delivery of teaching skills and course administration in addition to developing the core material of Building Integrity.
As an authority within an occupied territory Palestine suffers from high corruption risks and Building Integrity is considered a vital element in tackling the problems of corruption that threaten the achievement of a two state solution. The eventual aim is to support the PASF in fully delivering its own bespoke courses to its own staff initially in partnership with BI UK and then through general support to Palestinian delivery. The next programmed delivery will take place in July and 75% will be delivered by PASF Instructors.
General Yousef Ali Al Hilou, Head of the General Military Training Commission said:
‘This course represents a landmark in building our own capability to tackle the scourge of corruption and we are forever grateful for the support of the UK in helping us mover forward in this vital area’.