Marshall Plan with Africa

Minister Gerd Müller says EU-Africa Strategy should be developed into a European Marshall Plan with Africa

Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller in January 2019 visiting a vocational training cooperation project between the Rhine-Main Chamber of Crafts and the Zambian Construction Association

Press release of 09.03.2020 |

BERLIN/BRUSSELS: Development Minister Gerd Müller has welcomed the European Commission's EU-Africa Strategy presented today and made proposals for expanding it into an EU Marshall Plan with Africa.

"I welcome the decision of the new Commission headed by Ursula von der Leyen to make Africa a priority," said Minister Müller. "Africa is the task of the century for Europe: climate action, migration and global food issues – what happens next with regard to these big topics of the future will be determined on our neighbouring continent. That is why we must expand and develop the EU-Africa Strategy which has now been presented into a European Marshall Plan with Africa. One important component must be an all-out drive to promote investment and innovation. It is about creating incentives for more private investment, extending the EU's Green Deal to include Africa, with a view to expanding renewable energies, and strengthening fair trade between our two continents. The EU member states must put institutional measures in place to consolidate such a strategic partnership by setting up an EU-Africa Council with permanent working structures, and they must make provisions in the EU's multiannual financial planning to fund it via a substantially endowed Africa Fund."

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