Serco inks $44m deal to train Qatar Armed Forces

Company will deliver professional military education course for the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force
Serco inks $44m deal to train Qatar Armed Forces
Qatari army forces take part in a military parade. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 10 May 2014 09:41 AM

Serco, which operates Dubai Metro, has signed a three-year, £26 million ($44 million) contract with Qatar's Ministry of Defence to deliver training for the Qatar Armed Forces in Doha.

The Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC), which opened last May, is modelled on the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy, which Serco has managed and operated since 2000.

Serco said in a statement that it will deliver the professional military education course at the postgraduate level for the QAF's mid career officers (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) from the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force.

The courses will be delivered in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Kings College London. The first 40 students have already started their year-long course in Doha, the statement said.

The development of the JBJJCSC and the establishment of this flagship course represents the first step towards a structured education and training pathway for Qatar's military leaders of tomorrow.

Serco said the contract highlighted its growing influence in the defence and security sector in the Gulf.

David Greer, Serco Middle East CEO said: "This announcement marks an important step for Serco's engagement in Qatar and the Middle East. We are delighted that the State of Qatar has trusted us to deliver a world class Defence education to its Armed Forces at the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College.

"This contract reflects Serco's continued growth in the Middle East more widely and demonstrates our commitment to delivering high quality services.

Lord Livingston, UK Trade and Investment Minister added: "This contract will further strengthen the ties between the UK and Qatar. The deal shows there is continued demand for the expertise of British firms worldwide and that our Defence Growth Partnership is working."

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