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Germany commits to better cooperation with African diasporas on remittances

At “BMZ Africa Day”, a conference bringing together representatives of the African diaspora within Germany and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German government committed to improving coordination with Africans sending money back to their home countries with the view to strengthen development cooperation in the region. For example, the BMZ plans to develop tailored investment models to enhance local economic development. Germany currently invests around €1.5 billion in ODA in Africa, while remittances from Africans living in Germany add up to almost the same amount at €1.2 billion.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

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Germany and Georgia step up joint effort on vocational education

Germany will strengthen its efforts to support vocational education in Georgia, Development Minister Gerd Müller announced after talks with Georgian Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, in Tbilisi. This year marks 25 years since Georgia gained independence and the two countries resumed diplomatic relations. Looking ahead to 2018, Minister Müller and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili agreed to hold a Georgian-German investment forum. The forum will focus on fostering business partnerships and on establishing industry in Georgia. Georgia will also be the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair next year.    

Press release – BMZ

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Germany increases funding to Somalia to €100 million in 2017

On the occasion of the ‘London Somalia Conference 2017’, whereinternational donors aim to support Somalia in reaching ‘increased peace and prosperity’ by 2020, the German Minister for Development, Gerd Müller, announced increased support to the country. Germany doubled its pledge to reach €140 million, up from the €70 million  previously committed. Around half of the funding will be channeled through the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF, to support efforts in food security and health. The remainder will benefit programs with the view to opening up economic opportunities for youth in Somalia.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

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Germany launches vocational training program and palm oil initiative in Indonesia

At the start of his visit in Indonesia, German development minister Gerd Müller launched a new multi-year vocational training program in cooperation with the Indonesian Minister of Planning. Over the next three years, Germany will sponsor up to 10,000 young people to complete a dual-vocational training program based on the German model of matriculation at a vocational school and on-the-job training at a company. German and Indonesian experts plan to involve more than 1,000 small and medium-sized companies in the program.

Minister Müller will also launch a palm oil initiative for the first time with a sustainable procurement region to be established in West Kalamantan Province, Borneo. Smallholder farmers will receive training on farming practices that help to preserve the forests, and learn how to process their products locally. Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer.

Press release – BMZ

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European leaders call for more funding to fight drug-resistant TB

Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development hosted a high-level meeting in Brussels to discuss the threat of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe and encourage more financing for research and development (R&D). At the meeting, which was entitled “TB and European Health Security: The critical role of TB R&D in the context of AMR”, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), Vytenis Andriukaitis, along with government officials from France and the Netherlands underlined the urgent need to develop new tools to tackle multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and improve health security across Europe.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI), and the German health NGO, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW).

Press release - TB Alliance

Germany and China launch new ‘Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development’

During a trip to China, Minister for Development, Gerd Müller, met with the Chinese Minister of trade, Zhong Shan. Together, they inaugurated the new Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development. The Center will be based in Beijing, and aims to promote economic development in African countries, leveraging German know-how in the field of vocational training and Chinese know-how with regards to infrastructure investments. Initial activities of the Center include the identification of projects with partner countries, as well as the deepening of exchanges and cooperation between China and Germany on development cooperation.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

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Germany's foreign minister pledges more support to drought-plagued Somalia

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made a surprise visit to Somalia on May 1, 2017. In the first-ever visit of a German foreign minister, Gabriel warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe and commmited to increasing financial assistance to the country, where more than 6 million people are in need of help due to severe drought. Germany has already pledged €70 million (US$76 million) in assistance to Somalia and Germany is "ready to at least double that", said Gabriel during a meeting with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. Gabriel's visit comes ahead of an international conference in London on May 11, 2017, that will discuss security, economic development, and political reform in Somalia.

News article – Deutsche Welle

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Germany ratifies 15th Development Policy Report

The German government has ratified its 15th Development Policy Report, which summarizes development-related work across all government agencies during the last four years. The report was published by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and highlights the growing importance of development policy worldwide. It was developed as a joint-initiative of stakeholders from politics, academia, business, and civil society.

Press release – BMZ

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W20 summit high-level panel calls for better financial inclusion of women worldwide

On the first day of the Women20 summit in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was joined by Ivanka Trump, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, among others, to discuss the importance of scaling up global female entrepreneurship. Labor market inclusion is one of the four key pillars on the current W20 summit's agenda. Key topics include increasing the value of work traditionally done by women and ensuring a more gender equal distribution of employment opportunities. Chancellor Merkel emphasized that it is not only time to close the employment gap, but to empower women to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit. She also explained that Germany was planning to ask other G20 countries to contribute to a start-up financing fund managed by the World Bank to provide financing to female entrepreneurs.

News article – Deutsche Welle

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Germany's economics minister launches program to enhance German private sector engagement in Africa

The German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, has announced a new €100 million program ('Pro!Africa') to support private sector engagement in Africa. The initiative aims at providing export loan guarantees and start-up financing; it also seeks to create long-term employment opportunities in Africa to prevent migration to Europe. In addition, the German government plans to establish German Chambers of Commerce in African countries and provide advice and support for companies planning to invest in the continent.

News article – Deutsche Welle [in German]

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