Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan Newsletter: February 2014

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MACCA Shares Experience with Bosnia

Bosnian firm MacroHard Mechanic invited the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) to share its knowledge and expertise in managing mechanical demining in Afghanistan. As part of MACCA's continual contribution to global mine action programmes and services, Mr. Khalil Ahmad, the MACCA Mechanical Officer, was appointed to visit MacroHard Mechanic and share his mechanical demining experience in a three-day technical workshop in Bosnia. Among other things, participants in the workshop discussed the productivity of the mechanical demining machines, attachment modification, and national and international mechanical demining standards.

On the first day, Mr. Ahmad delivered a presentation on two issues. The first issue was related to how mechanical demining operations are carried out by organisations in Afghanistan. The second issue discussed was mechanical mine clearance international standards and attachment modification for the purpose of anti-tank mine clearance. The workshop focused primarily on quality assurance and quality control for machines and on communicating the experience of field operations to the manufacturers in order to create better products. Mr. Ahmad and MACCA's efforts to provide such valuable expertise to MacroHard Mechanic was deeply appreciated and the company requested more visits and knowledge sharing in the future.