Visit to the Central African Republic

Germany is sup­port­ing the Central African Re­pub­lic with a con­tri­bu­tion for food and health care

Minister Müller: "Aid organisations in the Central African Republic need sup­port. The in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty cannot stand idly by and watch while people are starving and being killed in the CAR."

Minister Gerd Müller talking to patients in the emergency surgery section of a hospital run by the International Red Cross in Bagui.

14.03.2014 |

The Federal Republic of Germany is providing the Central African Republic with 8.5 million euros as a contribution towards improving the living conditions of the people in this coun­try where hunger and violence are rife. Germany is also supporting the World Food Programme with 1.5 million euros for refugees from the CAR in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, pledged this support during his visit to the Central African Republic.

"The representatives of the aid organisations are making an enormous contribution in view of the dangerous and disastrous situ­a­tion in the Central African Republic," said Minister Müller. "They need coordinated support from us. My joint visit with the French de­vel­op­ment minister, EU Commissioner Piebalgs and the Chair of the OECD-DAC is therefore an im­por­tant signal. We are not willing to just accept that people are starving and being killed in the middle of Africa."

Federal Minister Müller made a concrete commitment of 3.5 million euros to support an emergency aid operation for food security and food aid being coordinated by the World Food Programme in the Central African Republic. In addition to that he pledged 5 million euros as transitional aid for sus­tain­able food security and for the short-term rehabilitation of infrastructure for water, sanitation and hygiene.

Müller had landed in the Central African Republic on Thursday evening. The Minister is accompanied on his visit by the Chair of the Bundestag Committee on Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, Dagmar Wöhrl. Together with the French Minister Delegate attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, De­vel­op­ment Minister Pascal Canfin, EU De­vel­op­ment Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD's De­vel­op­ment Assistance Committee (DAC), Müller was there to inform himself about the situ­a­tion in the Central African Republic and what can be done in the way of assistance. The visit was arranged as a result of the talks between Minister Müller and his French counterpart Canfin during the French-German ministerial council in Paris on 20 February 2014.

The programme for the visit, which will last a bare two days, is packed with meetings with the representatives of aid and human rights organisations working on the ground. Müller will also have a meeting with Catherine Samba-Panza, the interim president of the Central African Republic. "Acute tasks to be dealt with in the Central African Republic are humanitarian aid and food security, stabilising the security situ­a­tion and restoring functioning state structures. The political process in the coun­try is a crucial part of finding a solution to the conflict. The Central African Republic needs a return to security and order. This will be a more long-term process. Civil society engagement, alongside emergency humanitarian aid, can make a crucial contribution towards rebuilding structures in this completely devastated coun­try."

Minister Müller will end his visit to the Central African Republic late Friday afternoon.

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