Norwegian Ambassador visits Mine Action programme in Angola
Ambassador Ingrid Ofstad, the ambassador to the Norwegian embassy in Angola visits the NPA Mine Action programme in Angola, The first day of the visit included a general presentation of the Mine Action programme at the central office. It was followed by conversations about demining, EOD and survey operations, various strategies used in the programme, current capacities, future plans and more.
The following day, the ambassador went on a field visit to the Cajinga task located approximately 50 kilometers east from Malanje city where to date more than 100 antipersonnel mines have been removed and destroyed.
Ambassador Ofstad was very impressed with how professionally the NPA Mine Action programme in Angola is organized; the good results it has been able to produce. She also stressed the extent of mines and ERWs that still are in the country and was interested in knowing how long it would take for Angola to achieve the status of a mine free country.
During the visit, the ambassador was also able to see a demonstration of the Mine Detection Rats (MDR) training activities.