Is Germany returning to Africa?


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Senegal's president Macky Sall (R) during a joint press conference at the Presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal
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    Written by: Meshack Masibo
    In 2011, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle introduced the new ‘Strategy for Africa’ of the German Government. It signaled a renewed German interest in the continent. Africa is a promising market for world exports and Germany wants to have a large share of it. Already in 2007, 600 German entrepreneurs operated in Africa, with 146,000 employees, while trade exchange, in 2013, between Germany and Africa reached $60 billion.

    According to Germany the aim of its interests in Africa is to enable a coordinated partnership along key issues, such as: peace and security, good governance, human rights and democracy, environment and climate change, energy and the extraction and use of strategic raw materials, education and research. Germany’s Africa policy is largely believed to be based on a realistic assessment of the continent. It is grounded in universal values and at the same time guided by economic interests, such as securing access to strategic minerals (in particular the Congolese cobalt and the South African platinum-group metals) and energy (given the escalating tensions with Russia, Germany’s biggest gas supplier, due to the Ukraine crisis).

    There are already several German agencies and companies operating on the African continent supporting the humanitarian action and the civil society organizations, such… Readmore

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