SWEDINT and NCGM represented at NATO HQ.

During two days, 15-16 February,”NATO Partner Training and Education Centre Market place” were held at NATO HQ, Brussels. SWEDINT was represented among 17 out of total 23 existing Partner Training and Education Centres (PTECs). The purpose of the market place is to visualise and spread knowledge regarding each PTEC activities and specialities to NATO higher decision-making levels as well as all employees at NATO HQ, both staff officers and civilian personnel.

The Market place is a yearly event, which also allows the PTECs to interact and increase the cooperation between each other. Thoughts and ideas how to improve education and training related issues connected to Peace supporting military operations are exchanged and discussed. This is valid both to individuals as well as to military units. Every respective PTEC are specialised in different topics and areas, however this kind of expertise exchange is beneficial to all actors and synergy effects can be reached when cooperation is established instead of a competitive situation.

The Market place days was opened by ambassador Dirk Brengelmann, NATO School Commandant Colonel Mark Baines; DCOS MCD Major General Sándor Fucsku; and Deputy Director IMS/C&RS  Commodore Emil Eftimov.

New for this year was that the recently inaugurated ”Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operation” (NCGM) was represented together with SWEDINT. The exhibition draw some attention and curiosity from several visitors. Parallel with the event, and as part of the marketing the commander of NCGM conducted several meetings with representatives from NATO different levels and institutions. The aim with those meetings was to continue already started cooperation’s in identified areas and to enforce future collaboration when it comes to Gender perspective related issues. The objective is to create synergy effects and reach a quicker and more fortunate result working together at both international and national levels.

The Swedish delegation to NATO visited the exhibition and ambassador Veronica Wand-Danielsson was specifically briefed on SWEDINT and NCGM activities, challenges and desired way ahead’s.