Müller meets BMZ expatriate staff

"You're our ambassadors for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion"

German Development Minister Gerd Müller

24.06.2014 |

Berlin/Bonn – Today, Federal De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller is, for the first time, meeting all the BMZ's staff members who are working overseas. The BMZ's expatriate staff members are currently meeting in Berlin and Bonn for an in-depth exchange of views on their work in Germany's partner coun­tries.

BMZ staff abroad are based at German embassies in partner coun­tries, at representations of the European Union and of regional organisations such as the African Union, and at in­ter­national de­vel­op­ment organisations. The roughly 110 expatriate staff are the face of Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, rep­re­senting German de­vel­op­ment policy in more than 50 coun­tries around the globe and ensuring that de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion agreements are honoured and implemented. They are the link between policy and practical im­ple­mentation, making sure that plans translate into programmes and projects. They represent the BMZ in almost all the coun­tries with which Germany engages in bilateral de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion.

"You're our ambassadors for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion," Minister Müller said. "You're ensuring that words are turned into action and that policies translate into tangible and effective de­vel­op­ment progress on the ground. Around the world, you are actively engaged in Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion – and you are often faced with a rather challenging en­vi­ron­ment."

This year's meetings (from 24 to 26 June) in Berlin and Bonn also involve the Federal Foreign Office. Discussions will focus on the de­vel­op­ment policy priorities for the current parliamentary term. Minister Müller and Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn will join the BMZ's expatriates for discussions to start off the three-day event.

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