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Minister Gerd Müller returns from trip to Mali and South Sudan

Gerd Müller said: "Without development, there can be no stability or peace in Mali."


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28.03.2014 |

Bamako – Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment Gerd Müller finished his three-day trip to Africa by visiting Mali and gaining an impression of Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion there.

Following visits to various projects and a number of political talks, Müller came to a positive conclusion, saying: "Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities in Mali are bearing fruit. Although riven by conflict, Mali has the potential in future to feed its people itself. And we are happy to help it do so."

During his visit to an ag­ri­cul­tur­al research centre, Minister Müller launched the first of ten centres in Africa dedicated to researching the entire value chain – from the planting of the seeds through to the final product on the table. Minister Müller said, "By strengthening Mali's ag­ri­cul­tur­al sector, we are not only helping to fight hunger. We are also helping to offer young people in rural areas a brighter future. This is key to providing stability in Mali, and very much proves that successful de­vel­op­ment policy is also peace policy."

Germany is supporting the process of reconstruction in Mali, in particular in the areas of water supply, food security and the de­vel­op­ment of municipal structures. Current projects have helped to provide half a million people with drinking water. With the help of irrigation projects, seventy thousand smallholders farming in the inland delta of the Niger are now able to produce enough rice to feed four hundred thousand people.

The Minister and his delegation visited a com­mu­ni­ty in Mali where village structures are being successfully developed. In this way, Germany, too, is making a contribution to decentralising administration in Mali. Following his talks in the com­mu­ni­ty, Minister Müller took stock, saying: "By using simple means and engaging in a democratic dialogue, the people here have taken command of their own destiny. Schools are being built, a water supply system is being constructed, tax revenues are increasing and voter turnout at the local elections has by far exceeded the national average. This goes to show that functioning structures at local level are an im­por­tant prerequisite for de­vel­op­ment and stability. We want to continue to support Mali on this path."

Minister Müller ended his three-day trip to South Sudan and Mali following his talks with Mali's Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly. The main topic of discussion during the visit was not only the issue of food security but also the refugee situ­a­tion. In fact, the focus of the BMZ's new Africa policy is on a special programme for refugees.

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