Rwanda receives technical support equipment for implementing African Union Border Management Programme
Kigali, 11 February, 2014 - In view of implementing African Union Border Programme (AUBP) with the motto “From Barriers to bridges”, the Federal Republic of Germany through German International Cooperation (GIZ) handed over to The Republic of Rwanda technical support equipment which will support in jointly delimitation and demarcation on Rwanda- Uganda border. This equipment includes 3 vehicles, a modern topographic Scanner and 2 GPSs, whose value isabout 130 Million Rwandan Francs.
The handing over ceremony was officiated by Ambassador Janvier Kanyamashuri representing the Rwandan Government, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Rwanda, Peter Fahrenholtz and the Head of African Union Border Programme, Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah.
Explaining the programme, The Head of African Union Borger Programme, Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah recalled that 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. He further 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
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
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. 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” Said kanyamashuri
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.