Successful cooperation

Gerd Müller at Franco-German Council of Ministers

"Joint Franco-German involvement in Mali a model for future collaboration"

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19.02.2014 |

Paris – At the 16th meeting of the Franco-German Council of Ministers, De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller met his French opposite number Pascal Canfin, responsible for France's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion.

The two met in advance of the main meeting of German and French cabinet members to discuss opportunities for even closer collaboration. Their talks focused in the main on the current situ­a­tion in Mali.

Germany and France want to work together there even more closely as part of their countries' de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities. Both ministers favoured the idea of implementing joint projects and programmes to help Mali decentralise and promote local economic de­vel­op­ment.

"I feel it is very im­por­tant that we strengthen our collaboration with France significantly in response to the challenges facing us in fragile states. Mali provides a good example of how this can work. Our civilian work there has helped to stabilise the coun­try again in a comparatively short time. Germany and France, with their joint action in fragile states like Mali, can become an engine for European and in­ter­national collaboration," said Minister Müller.

Germany and France are in any case close allies in their efforts to tackle the global challenges of pov­er­ty and conflict, and to promote stability and prosperity, democracy and the rule of law. The two coun­tries are among the biggest donors in the field of economic co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment both in Europe and in the world. (In the 2012 OECD/DAC comparison, Germany comes third, with funding amounting to 12.94 billion US dollars, and France fourth, with funding worth 12.03 billion dollars.)

In many areas of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion – such as the sectors for water, education, energy and health – Germany and France maintain close contacts between their gov­ern­ment departments an­d other bodies, have established efficient consultation processes and pursued joint initiatives.>

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