The German government has contributed equipment worth a total of N$353 million to Namibia since the African country joined the Military Equipment Aid Programme as a recipient country in 1992.
The first Equipment Aid Programme agreement between Germany and Namibia worth approximately N$311.6 million (€24 million) was also signed in 1992 of which a large number of projects such as a vehicle mechanic training centre, integrated logistics system and a driving training terrain including office buildings and the Mobile field Hospital UN Level II at Osona Base have been completed.
According to the German Embassy Ambassador, Onno Hückmann the sixth agreement was signed mid-2013, between him and the current Namibian Minister of Defence, Nahas Angula.
This agreement is worth N$41.5 million (€3.2 million) and will run until late 2016; in addition, all projects were co-funded by the Namibian government by up to 50%.
Hückmann noted that the main attention of the current agreement is focused on the equipment and training of a Camp Operation Logistic Unit, in addition, the construction of a medical and a maintenance facility are foreseen until 2016.
“The current agreement was based on the jointly perceived needs of the Namibian Defence Force to live up to its international commitments. It is yet evidence of the close and fruitful cooperation of our two countries in the areas of regional security and stabilization,” said Hückmann.
Hückmann added that the implementation of the current agreement is on track and, “we expect it to be completed on time and within budget, and so far the mobile field hospital was handed over in February 2013,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Monica Sheya said as a principle, the Namibian Government has agreements with different countries around the globe which are Bilateral and multilateral, adding that these agreements are signed publically and not covertly thus they cannot unilaterally talk about these agreements.
“You are therefore advised that, if and when you are so interested to know more about this Agreement, to get that information from the Germany Embassy who donated these aids. Since the donation was done openly it would be just morally right to get such information from the donors,” said Sheya.
Sick Bay OSHIVELO
The construction of a building for the sickbay was according to specifications from the NDF and Namibian construction guidelines. The construction of this building started in June 2014 and it includes providing the sickbay with material goods such as medical technology.
The construction of this building commenced in June 2014 and it includes the provision of the repair ship with technical equipment.
Ammunition Disposal Plant
Hückmann said that the supply and installation of an ammunition disposal plant was the focal point of the Equipment Aid Programme during the years 2001 – 2004. In the ‘container-supported’ plant, all old ammunition and missile stock can be dissembled, destroyed and disposed of. This also served as a peacekeeping mission offer by Namibia to its neighbouring countries.
“The ammunition disposal started in December 2002 and until its handover in 2006, the plant was jointly operated by the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the German Advisory Group. Today the plant is being operated by NDF-pyrotechnicians who were trained in Germany. Due to the extension of the adjacent barracks and the military airport, only minimal usage of the plant is at this stage possible. As the Ministry of Defence (MoD) realises the potential of the facility and intends to increase its capacity, it is currently looking for a more suitable relocation site,” said Hückmann.
Integrated Logistic System
The introduction of the SAP-based system ILS (Integrated Logistic System) with the required infrastructure, the availability of hard and software, computer training as well as system-related training of logistics personnel of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) received top priority until the end of 2008. The programme linked up all main Namibian military bases with a battalion-level grading. The project was handed over in September 2008.
The Mobile Field Hospital that was handed over
A couple of months ago, sections of the MFH were tested successfully: The Motor Vehicle Association Fund (MVA) has asked NDF whether the MFH could help out during the main holiday season in December/January to assist in their emergency aid. Rescue teams of the NDF were deployed in Okahandja, Otavi and Oshivelo.
Hückmann said within the framework of the Equipment Aid Programme 2009-2012 of the German Government and the Namibian Ministry of Defence and based on the delivery of medical supplies between the years 2005 and 2008, the implementation and building of a Mobile Field Hospital / MFH in the category of a UN Level II hospital has been agreed upon.
“The most notable feature of the MFH is the ability to treat up to 40 outpatients per day as well as the admission of up to 20 in-house patients (including 2 intensive care units). Furthermore, dental treatment of up to 20 patients and 4 operations (including anaesthesia, X-ray and laboratory) are possible,” said Hückmann.