07 Aug. 2008

PR# 2008-373

Joint District Coordination Centre opens in Zharey, Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan - District leader, Niaz Mohammad Sarahadi, announced the official opening of the Joint District Coordination Centre (JDCC) in Zharey, Kandahar August 5.


The announcement was made during a brief ceremony attended by Colonel Abdul Basir, the commander of the Afghan National Army’s 1st Brigade of the 205th Corps; Colonel Matiullah Khan, the Kandahar police chief; Brigadier General Denis Thompson, the commander of Task Force Kandahar; and Elissa Golberg, the representative of Canada in Kandahar.

“This official opening marks another crucial addition to the JDCC network in Kandahar province,” said Brigadier General Thompson. “These coordination centres ensure that Afghan forces and their [international] partners have a permanent presence in the district and are better able to coordinate and respond to the security concerns of the local people.”

JDCCs collect incident reports within an area of responsibility and coordinates  Afghan National Security Force and ISAF responses, as required. The centers include representation from all stakeholder agencies involved in maintaining security within a district and acts as a 24-hours emergency operations centre.

Inter-agency coordination and the building of a common operations picture is developed through the sharing of information between the JDCCs in Zharey, Panjwayi and Spin Boldak; the Regional Operations Coordination Centres and the Provincial Operations Coordination Centre in Kandahar province. In addition, JDCCs are hubs for mentorship and serve as forums for community access to their locally elected leaders.

“These centres will ultimately enable officials across a broad spectrum of agencies to engage with the people of Afghanistan at a district level,” said Elissa Golberg. “Governance and development efforts will be closely aligned with these Afghan institutions, and as such, this JDCC will more effectively meet the needs identified by the people of Zharey.”

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