24 Sep 15
Republic of Azerbaijan visits NATO School Oberammergau
An official delegation from the Republic of Azerbaijan visited the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) from 21 to 22 September 2015. This visit was requested by the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan in pursuit of their efforts to operate an International Counter-Terrorism Training Centre (ICTTC). Members of the NSO Command Group and several subject matter experts provided briefings on NSO's experience in organizing and conducting courses, curriculum development, quality assurance processes and infrastructure support. The NSO's NATO Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) Course was of great interest for the delegation since NSO has several years of experience conducting this course with the support of a valuable network of experts.
The delegation was led by Colonel Vahid Zeynalov - Head of the Centre. Colonel Zeynalov was accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel Ayaz Najafaliyev - Deputy Head of the Centre, Head of the Training and Educational department and four other representatives.
The ICTTC is one of the main commitments of the Republic of Azerbaijan through the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP). This centre will operate as a multilateral partnership. Through this centre, Azerbaijan will have the capacity to improve training resources in combating terrorism utilizing advanced international experience.
Individual Partnership Action Plan
Launched at the November 2002 Prague Summit, IPAPs are open to countries that have the political will and ability to deepen their relationship with NATO. Developed on a two-year basis, such plans are designed to bring together all the various cooperation mechanisms through which a partner country interacts with the Alliance, sharpening the focus of activities to better support domestic reform efforts.
An IPAP should clearly set out the cooperation objectives and priorities of the individual partner country, and ensure that the various mechanisms in use correspond directly to these priorities. NATO will provide focused, country-specific advice on reform objectives. Intensified political dialogue on relevant issues may be an integral part of an IPAP process.
IPAPs will make it easier to coordinate bilateral assistance provided by individual Allies and partner countries, as well as to coordinate efforts with other relevant international institutions. IPAP objectives fall into the general categories of political and security issues: defence, security and military issues, public information, science and environment, civil emergency planning, and administrative, protective security and resource issues.