The Commander, 7 Infantry Brigade of 1 United Kingdom (UK) Division, Brig Gen Jonny Bourne called on the Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu at his office on Tuesday, 9 February, 2016.Brig Bourne who has been assigned to West Africa as the leader of the Infantry Brigade visited the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to enable him gain an understanding of how the Brigade might assist in line with the requirements and priorities of GAF and the Ghana Army.
He mentioned to the Commandant that the brigade wanted to establish direct contact between it and the senior GAF leadership, understand the Army and its objectives and requirements and identify opportunities for training cooperation and exchange.He also noted that the British defense put a great deal on security and wanted to strengthen the existing relationship between the two countries and enjoy mutual understanding.The Commandant expressed his profound gratitude for the visit and said it was a laudable idea to strengthen the relationship the two countries had and develop partnership especially in the area of training.
He disclosed that during his visit to the UK last year, discussions were held to establish the Infantry Brigade to West Africa and he was glad it had come to pass. He hoped the brigade would go a long way to benefit the GAF and promote more training programmes.He said most of them had their training in the UK and it had gone a long way to help them. Thus he seized the opportunity to urge the Commander to use his good office to collaborate more training programmes and activities between the two countries which would bring a huge development to GAF.The Commander was later briefed on the background, organisation, schools, courses and training of MATS and Army Training Command (ATRAC) respectively.