KIGALI, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Thursday physically marked their boundary on the shared frontier adjacent to western Rwanda's Rubavu district and eastern DRC's Goma town.
The demarcation took place at the Rubavu-Goma common border on an occasion to mark the eighth Africa Border Day.
Rwandan defence minister James Kabarebe and DRC's deputy prime minister Herny Mova Sakanyi signed an agreement of the demarcation report after the demarcation.
Kabarebe said he is confident that the two sides will expedite the demarcation and materialization of the remaining section of the land needed to be demarcated and Lake Kivu before 2022, the deadline set by the African Union for all member states to demarcate and materialize their boundaries.
During the occasion, the two countries also inaugurated a one-stop border post at the Rubavu-Goma common border and 22 physical boundary pillars.
Numerous cross-border initiatives to improve border efficiency in clearances are in place to cut down unnecessary costs and duplication of operational services, Kabarebe said.
Currently, 7,000 people cross the border each day through the border post commonly called Grande Barriere on the Rubavu-Goma border and 45,000 people cross another Rubavu-Goma border post commonly called Petite Barriere.
Africa Border Day is marked in line with the African Union Border Program, aimed at addressing the persistence of lack of delimitation and demarcation of African boundaries that gives rise to undefined zones and developing cross-border initiatives.