1. The Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lusaka was opened on May 24 Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry opens Zambia office
  2. Scrap dealers in Accra Germany helps Ghana fight consequences of e-waste
  3. The Police Programme Africa assists fragile, post-conflict states Police Programme Africa in eight countries
The Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lusaka was opened on May 24

Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry opens Zambia office

Stakeholders have welcomed the opening of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Zambia office, as sign of strengthened partnership between Germany and Zambia. The Chamber officially opened at a special ceremony on May 24. The chamber’s Lusaka office, which is the third in the region after South Africa and Mozambique, was opened six months after German Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Lusaka and signed a letter of intent to establish the representation of the German Chamber of commerce and industry in Zambia.

Scrap dealers in Accra

Germany helps Ghana fight consequences of e-waste

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has strengthened its partnership with Ghana. A recently signed new agreement proposes to implement several projects in the areas of health, environment and tourism. To that end, the state’s minister for German and European Affairs, Franz-Josef Lersch-Mense, led a delegation on an official visit to Ghana from May 18 to 21. German’s most populous state is involved in several development projects in Ghana.One of Lersch-Mense's stops was the Agbogbloshie community in the capital, Accra.

The Police Programme Africa assists fragile, post-conflict states

Police Programme Africa in eight countries

Since 2008, the GIZ has been implementing the Police Programme Africa on ­behalf of the German Foreign Office in a total of eight countries. Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Mauritania and South Sudan are taking part in the programme besides Niger.

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Energy expertise for Africa

A sustainable energy supply for Africa – What can Germany do to help? How about German companies offering to share their energy expertise? That was one of the core messages delivered by State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer at the German-African Energy Forum.

A woman sells bananas at a market in Beira, Mozambique

German Government Backs EU Economic Partnership Agreement with SADC

On April 27, 2016 the German Cabinet approved the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) of the European Union with the SADC member states.The Agreement will guarantee permanent tax and quota free access to the European market for products from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. South Africa, as the most developed country in the region, will receive extended market access to the European market. In return, the above mentioned countries are supposed to open their markets for about 80 percent of European products over the course of 12 years.

Obstacles like this one hindered journalists from learning more about the county's proposed annual budget

Kenya: Knocking on official doors

Philemon Emongonyang wasn't going to give up. The radio journalist had spent a week trying to access Kisumu County's budget proposal. His case demonstrates how hard it is to report on governance in Kenya.

German football equipment for Nambia

Nambian football coaches participate in German coaching course

On May 11 the two Namibian football coaches Thuba Sibanda and Juliana Skrywer were bid farewell by Luise Haunit, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Christian Schlaga, German Ambassador to Nambia at the Embassy. The two coaches will participate in an International Coaching Course in Kamen Kaiserau in Germany from May 25 to June 3.

Bilateral Commission of Angola and Germany meeting in Luanda

Meeting of the Bilateral Commission between the Republic of Angola and the Federal Republic of Germany

In order to strengthen and further develop the friendly relations and cooperation between the Republic of Angola and the Federal Republic of Germany, the second session of the Bilateral Commission was held in Luanda on April 26, 2016.

Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launches campaign to boost energy efficiency

Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, has launched a broad-based campaign to boost energy efficiency. This is a further step towards meeting Germany's ambitious climate targets and the decisions taken in Paris. Three core elements are crucial: support, advice and information. The measures include the launch of new funding programmes and are linked up to a broad PR campaign.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier sitting next to Achille Mbembe at the “Berliner Korrespondenzen”

African political scientist Achille Mbembe part of interactive discussion panel in Berlin

On May 22, the “Berliner Korrespondenzen”– a series of talks and platform for discussion – was launched in the Berlin. A total of ten events will be presented by international intellectuals in an attempt to critically reflect upon Western perceptions and notions. The focus lies on notions of disorder or order.

The WHS was an initiative of UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki-moon

First World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul from May 23 -24 is the first summit of this kind and stems from an initiative of UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki-moon. Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Development Minister Müller were representing Germany. Given the 125 million people dependent on humanitarian assistance worldwide, Steinmeier described the meeting in Istanbul to be "more urgent than ever before".

Opening doors for women: The Union of Media Women in Egypt also offers trainings in rural areas

Egypt: Empowering women journalists

Helping women journalists get ahead in a male-dominated profession is the goal of Safaa Mohamed Abdelhamid, journalist and co-founder of the Union of Media Women in Egypt. Inspiration came from workshops by DW Akademie.

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the latest edition the Seychelles is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and environmental protection to its Blue Economy, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are the articles from all of the countries featured: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Seychelles!

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