On Monday, the United Nations Security Council gave the OK to deploy international assistance to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, according to Al Jazeera.
This means Kenya and the other countries that volunteered to send troops — Jamaica, the Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda — will get financial incentives and will likely be seen as trustworthy and reliable when it comes to helping other countries.
Nairobi-based analyst Dismas Mokua explained to Al Jazeera that Kenya will be perceived as “a very serious political capital,” globally because of its readiness to volunteer its troops during a time of need. The analyst continued, “In the eyes of the world, Kenya becomes a dependable ally who is willing to help other countries.” Reportedly, the east African country has a history of sending personnel to region’s experiencing unrest. PBS noted that Kenya’s Defense Minister Aden Duale said the country’s “very long history of global peacekeeping” includes efforts in Kosovo, Somalia and Congo.
“Obviously, there are financial incentives. Resources are allocated to participating countries. Troops will also be given extra allowance, which is why there is high interest from officers for foreign deployments,” Mokua also said according to Al Jazeera.
The African country will not only get clout and money, but also special training. Mokua shared, “The mission creates several opportunities for Kenya. Kenyan law enforcement agencies will get specialised training and equipment before they are sent. This will improve the capacity of the force in the long term.”
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Source: Black Enterprise