Equipment Aid Programme of the Federal Government of Germany
Signing of the agreement on 24 February 2021., © GAFTAG
The Federal Government's equipment aid program serves as a partnership with the armed forces of selected countries in Africa. Aim is to jointly promote and build up capacities that are essential for peacekeeping in these countries; as well as their contribution in the context of operations by the South African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), in its effort to achieve and maintain peace and stability in the region and on the African continent.
Namibia has been a partner in this program since 1993. The program is divided into periods of four years each in which joint projects that have been agreed in previous joint negotiations are implemented. So far, equipment assistance agreements worth more than € 30 million have been concluded with Namibia.
New program agreement over more than € 5 million
On 24 February 2021, the German Ambassador Herbert Beck and the Executive Director in the Ministry of Defense, Hon. T.P. Kamati signed the program agreement for the period 2021-24.
The following projects will be implemented:
• The construction of a mobile command post for the Standby Force SADC, here the NDF’s part in the SADC cooperation.
• Continuation of the support of the central support element for peace missions, especially the part of vocational training.
• Continuation of the development of a central medical school.
• Support of the School of Military Science, which is part of UNAM, in the field of academic training.
The program budget foresees more than € 5.3 million (approx. N$ 103 million) for the implementation of these projects.
The following major projects were implemented in the past from 1993 to 2020:
• The construction of a facility for the destruction of ammunition and explosives in Walvis Bay.
• The establishment of a training workshop () automotive mechanics in the Osona Military Base.
• The establishment of a driving school for the training of drivers of the armed forces of Namibia.
• The establishment of a sick bay and a car workshop in Oshivelo.
• The construction of a mobile field hospital (MFH) with focus on the core areas such as laboratory, theater, intensive-care medicine, x-ray, dentistry and emergency room as well as a mobile production facility for medical oxygen. Included is also the drinking water treatment plant which can process drinking water from salt and contaminated fresh water sources. A pharmacy, sanitary facilities, a laundry, accommodation and a kitchen are further elements of this MFH in the Osona Military Base.
The establishment of a central support element for peace- keeping missions (Central Mission Support Element) in the Osona Military Base. In addition to vehicle workshops for vehicles of all kinds, this also includes a workshop for medical technology, as well as a vocational training area. As of 2021, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, air conditioning technicians, welders and plumbers) will be trained here and who can finish their training with a civilian degree