Africa's growing importance

German cabinet adopts new guidelines for Africa policy

Minister Müller: "Guidelines reflect Africa's growing importance for Germany"

Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, during a visit to Mali

21.05.2014 |

Today, De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller, who had been invited by the Bundestag Committee on Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, spoke on the BMZ's new policy on Africa. Earlier, the cabinet had adopted the government's new policy guidelines for Africa. The BMZ, as a ministry with a strong focus on Africa, was actively involved in shaping the new guidelines.

"The guidelines reflect Africa's growing importance for Germany," said Minister Müller in the margins of the meeting. "Despite its crises and challenges, Africa is first and foremost a continent of opportunity. The popu­la­tion of our neighbouring continent is currently swelling by 75,000 people every day. In only 35 years' time, a quarter of the world's popu­la­tion will be African. Since the turn of the millennium, the continent has tripled its economic output. Our ministry allocates more than half of its funds to Africa. From Cairo to Cape Town, and from Dakar to Dar es Salaam, we and more than 2,000 staff members are working with our partners in 32 African coun­tries to create a brighter future for the people of Africa.

The BMZ has stepped up its de­vel­op­ment support for Africa by 100 million euros, from a level of 1.2 billion euros a year. Under the BMZ's new Africa policy "From a continent of crises to one of opportunities", the ministry is setting a new course in many areas.

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