The Federal Republic of Germany through German International Cooperation (GIZ) handed over to Rwanda technical support equipment that will support in jointly delimitation and demarcation on the Rwanda- Uganda border.
The move that took place on February 11, 2014 comes in a view of implementing African Union Border Programme (AUBP) with the motto “From Barriers to bridges”.
The equipment includes 3 vehicles, a modern topographic Scanner and 2 GPSs, whose value is about 130 Million Rwandan Francs.
Ambassador of Germany to Rwanda, Peter Peter Fahrenholtz, said that Germany is happy with this partnership with Africa.
He added that the partnership to the implementation African Union Border Programme is another element in strengthening cooperation.
“Africa must always move on. Germany is a strong believer to African integration and African union,”Said Fahrenholtz.
The African Union Border Programme has two imperatives that is to promote the structural prevention of conflict by demarcating all borders for African states by the year 2017 and also to accelerate the integration process on the continent.
The Head of African Union Borger Programme, Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah congratulated Rwanda for its commitment in support of that programme.
“It is with great pride and confident that Rwanda has shown tremendous progress in its execise to delimit, demarcate its boundaries with neighbours,” Said Aguibou.
On behalf of Rwandan Government, Ambassador Janvier Kanyamashuri, expressed his gratitude to the Federal Republic of Germany and African Union for joining in fulfiling Rwanda’s commitment.
“This Technical support equipment will facilitate the work of our Border Commission, “said Kanyamashuri.
The programme will achieve some good results, which include the demarcation of the entire border as it has been between Mali and Burkina Faso, completed in 2008.
The African Union Border Programme was launched in 2007 by heads of states of AU member states with the aim of contributing to peace and security in Africa; to promote Africa’s socio-ecomonic integration and development.