By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:
The Federal Republic of Germany has donated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment worth K91 million to the Ministry of Lands.
The equipment will be used in the Malawi- Mozambique boundary re-affirmation exercise.
Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Germany Sabine Lindemann hailed Malawi for making efforts to clarify borderlines with neighbouring states.
“The surveying instrument that has been donated will, therefore, support Malawi’s work in the delimitation and demarcation exercise.
“Germany provided the same equipment to neighbouring Mozambique, which will strengthen cooperation and facilitate measurements during joint field surveys between both countries,” she said.
The boundary demarcation exercise is a product of African Union Border Programme, an initiative taken by African heads of State and government in 2007 when, at the Eighth Ordinary Session of the then Assembly of Heads of States and Government of the African Union, they agreed to clear all misunderstandings on boundaries.
The initiative was aimed at preventing border-related disputes and minimising cases of conflict between neighbouring countries on the continent.
Lands Deputy Minister Abida Mia said Germany had, through GIZ, been providing financial support to her ministry for the demarcation of boundaries between Malawi and neighbours Mozambique and Zambia.
She said, with the sophisticated equipment, three land surveyors would be able to carry out surveys at the same time and would, in the end, fast-track the Malawi/Mozambique boundary reaffirmation exercise.
“This equipment will help in easing boundary pillar observation activities as, using GNNSS receivers, we will be able to come up with final coordinates which will help in defining the boundary line in the new Malawi/Mozambique boundary treaty,” Mia said.
Previously, Germany donated motor vehicles, GNSS receivers, software and specialised equipment for research vessel R.V Timba on Lake Malawi besides training technical and legal experts on boundary matters.