The internationally renowned Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra has been established with German support since 2002 and since then has received regular support in the form of personnel and funding. Today, still with German assistance, the centre continues to offer courses for military and civilian personnel that are not restricted to the member states of the West African regional organization, ECOWAS. The commitment to the KAIPTC and other West African training centres represents a key element of German support to the strengthening of West African peacekeeping capabilities under the G8 Africa Action Plan and the relevant EU strategy. The German government declared its willingness to assist KAIPTC in overcoming present financial constraints by allocating additional funds for specific measures. Germany plays a major role as lead donor of the KAIPTC and intends to continue doing so in the future, even in times of severe national budget restrictions caused by the international economic crisis. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany is disposed to finance an upcoming West African Police Course at the KAIPTC and supports the upgrade of the KAIPTC website. These contributions amount to GHC 225.000 and GHC 35.000 respectively. In addition Germany shows its ongoing commitment to KAIPTC by contributing to the personnel budget with an amount of GHC 155.000. Germany's support in 2009 includes as well the rehabilitation of the Gerhard Schroeder-Auditorium, named after Germany's former chancellor under whose tenure Germany's support of KAIPTC started. Germany makes available GHC 80.000 for this measure.