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German-Israeli government consultations: trilateral cooperation is a success story


Minister Gerd Müller and Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin

25.02.2014 |

At the German-Israeli gov­ern­ment consultations in Jerusalem, Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, emphasised today the successes of German-Israeli trilateral co­op­er­a­tion in Africa.

De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller said: "Collaboration between Israel and Germany in the area of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is an im­por­tant element of the special relationship that our two coun­tries share. Together, Israel and Germany have set themselves the objective of helping to achieve the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Africa. In that endeavour, Israel and Germany are pooling their specific competencies in what we call 'triangular cooperation'. And successes on the ground show very clearly that this is an innovative model for the future."

In concrete terms, the added value of triangular co­op­er­a­tion projects can, for example, be seen in Kenya, where Germany, Israel and Kenya are jointly supporting a project for smallholder Tilapia fish farming. Thanks to alternative sources of income (e.g. through the establishment of fish ponds and accompanying advice), the pressure on fishing grounds is reduced and, in this way, the ecological balance of Lake Victoria is improved. The combination of Israeli expertise in the area of fish farming, German support for value chains and Kenyan investments has played a major part in making this project a success.

During their meeting, Minister Müller and Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin signed an agreement on continuing and expanding co­op­er­a­tion between the BMZ and Israel's de­vel­op­ment authority MASHAV. Alongside the existing co­op­er­a­tion in Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya, it is planned to implement further projects in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Cameroon in the future. The focus of the co­op­er­a­tion projects is on the areas of water and soil resources, ag­ri­cul­tur­al irrigation, degradation, desertification and water management/waste water, reflecting the technical expertise of both coun­tries. This is also mentioned in the declaration issued by the two Cabinets at the conclusion of the gov­ern­ment consultations.

The German-Israeli gov­ern­ment consultations headed by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are taking place in Jerusalem this year.

A video showing the above-mentioned trilateral co­op­er­a­tion project on Lake Victoria in Kenya can be accessed here (in German):


Trilaterale Kooperation am Viktoriasee

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20.09.2012 - Den Fischern am Viktoriasee in Kenia ist durch Überfischung und Verschmutzung nach und nach die Lebensgrundlage entzogen worden. In einer trilateralen Kooperation zwischen Deutsch­land, Israel und Kenia hat sich das BMZ am Aufbau von Aquakulturen und an der Vermittlung von entsprechendem Fachwissen beteiligt, um den Menschen Lebensgrundlage und Perspektive zurückzugeben. (Video in englischer sprache, deutsche Untertitel können durch Klick auf "CC" zugeschaltet werden.)

20.09.2012

Den Fischern am Viktoriasee in Kenia ist durch Überfischung und Verschmutzung nach und nach die Lebensgrundlage entzogen worden. In einer trilateralen Kooperation zwischen Deutsch­land, Israel und Kenia hat sich das BMZ am Aufbau von Aquakulturen und an der Vermittlung von entsprechendem Fachwissen beteiligt, um den Menschen Lebensgrundlage und Perspektive zurückzugeben. (Video in englischer sprache, deutsche Untertitel können durch Klick auf "CC" zugeschaltet werden.)


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