German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller makes his first visit to the AU

We must strengthen the AU further, says Minister Müller

Federal Minister Gerd Müller and the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

07.02.2014 |

Addis Ababa – During a one-day first visit to the African Union, Federal Minister Müller had a meeting with the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Afterwards Minister Müller said: "The African Union needs to be empowered even more to prevent and stop violence and civil wars on its own re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. The AU is the key player here.”

He said that increasing support for African intervention forces was just as im­por­tant here as expanding crisis prevention capacities and stepping up efforts to stabilise state institutions. Müller and Zuma agreed to pursue a number of flagship projects in vocational training, ag­ri­cul­ture, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. "Africa has every chance to become self-sufficient,” Minister Müller said. "Germany will increase its involvement further.”

In addition to his meeting at the AU, Minister Müller also had talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. De­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion between Germany and Ethiopia this year celebrates its 50th jubilee.

In the evening, Minister Müller will attend a reception hosted by the German Embassy, at which representatives of civil society and of German aid organisations will also be present. The reception will mark the end of his trip to India and Ethiopia. At noon, the Minister had visited a vocational training project in Addis Ababa.

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