Annual exposition of the
Partnership Training and Education Centers (PTC) "Marketplace 2012" was
organized in NATO HQ in Brussels on 15 - 16 February 2012. PTCs presented
their institutions and demonstrated common cooperation. Initially the
project was launched in 1999 under the Partnership for Peace program to
develop training and education activities among Euro-Atlantic partners.
The increasing importance of the activity was
highlighted during the opening ceremony by NATO’s Assistant Secretary
General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann
and NATO School Commandant Colonel Mark Baines.
A record number of participants were present during
the four years history of this event this year. 20 of 23 PTCs that currently
make up the network of the centers and provide education and training
within NATO and PfP community, presented their institutes, the achievements
and courses to delegations from NATO HQ. The following countries were
representing their activities at the Marketplace this year: Austria, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Jordan,
Kazakhstan, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and USA.
The members of the International Staff Officers’
Course (ISOC), which is an integral part of the Lifelong Education Center
of the Armed Forces Academy (AFA), traditionally participated during this
event. Slovakia and AFA as a recognized PTC was represented by Maj Jozef
KUCHTA and SSgt Martin KUZIEL. They introduced a training system of military
personnel and the possibility of further enhancing their career skills
throughout different courses. The emphasis was put on education in ISOC,
in which the aim is to prepare not only Slovak but also foreign staff
officers for working in multinational environment in the area of planning
and conducting of military operations according to NATO standards.
During the event all PTCs expositions were visited
by delegations of countries presented in NATO HQ. Expositions were visited
also by Military Steering Committee and Heads of the Permanent Delegation
of the Slovak Republic to NATO, H.E. Frantisek Kašický and Slovak supreme
military representative to NATO LtGen Peter Gajdoš. Both Slovak high representatives
highly appreciated the quality and professional presentation of the Slovak
Republic and AFA in multinational environment and they stressed the importance
of this activity.