A new defence and security training centre will in the next couple of years be opened in Cabo Verde, focussed on training African state security forces.
According to a press release issued on 13 February, the Orbit Training Centre will open by mid-2020 and have the capacity to train 150 students and instructors, and will encompass an area of 620 acres.
“The objective of this initiative is to build capacity to face the persistent security challenges of the continent and to develop international cooperation in defence and security,” Orbit Training Centre said, adding that the cost of construction is estimated to be $125 million.
The Centre says it will 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.
Orbit Training Centre is also meant to host international conferences and events, along with B2B sessions in the sector of defence and security.
In its press release, Orbit said the Centre will be open to all African state security forces, including police, armed forces, special forces, intelligence, special services, customs, wildlife rangers, firefighters, civil protection forces. It will also be open to international institutions such as the United Nations (peacekeeping operations), the African Union, ECOWAS or ECOMOG, INTERPOL, and NATO.
It is being developed with the cooperation of the Government of Cabo Verde, and will thus get ‘free zone’ status.
Orbit Training Centre said growing security risks in Africa necessitated the need for a specialised training centre. Cabo Verde was chosen as the location for the Centre, as the country is stable and centrally located. The island nation’s military will have priority access to the Centre.
Orbit said the training centre was initiated by two companies: Competences and Nibor Enterprises. Competences is a Cabo Verde private company established in 2004 and which specialises in providing homeland security and defence solutions. In recent years it has conducted major national security projects for African governments and also works as a defence and security events organiser, having created the Shield Africa defence exhibition.
Nibor Enterprises, founded in 2009, is a US and Israeli based engineering and general contractor company which specialises in construction management and design. Nibor has built a number of major projects mainly for US government agencies. Since 2007 it has carried out 20 contracts for the US Department of Defence, worth $55 million.