1. ITB Berlin Great opportunities for Africa at World's largest tourism fair
  2. Steinmeier together with Kenya´s president Kenyatta. Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Kenya
  3. Cotton plant in Africa Cotton made in Africa establishes sustainable cotton production in Uganda
ITB Berlin

Great opportunities for Africa at World's largest tourism fair

The International Tourism Fair (Internationale Tourismus-Börse, ITB) Berlin, the world´s largest fair of its kind, will take place for the 49th time from March 4-8, offering visitors an overview of travel products and services from around the globe - prominently featuring Africa.

Steinmeier together with Kenya´s president Kenyatta.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Kenya

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's journey to the African continent concluded with a visit to Kenya. He was welcomed to Nairobi by Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and subsequently met President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Cotton plant in Africa

Cotton made in Africa establishes sustainable cotton production in Uganda

Approximately 5,400 smallholder farmers from Uganda will now benefit from participation in the largest cotton initiative in Africa, Cotton made in Africa. With the successful verification of the Western Uganda Cotton Company and cooperating cotton farmers, CmiA is now engaged in improving the living conditions of farmers and their families through sustainable cotton farming.

German Bremen class frigate Karlsruhe

Weekly Feature: Exercise Good Hope begins in South Africa

Germany and South Africa share a history of successful military cooperation. On March 2, the bilateral exercise GOOD HOPE between the German Armed Forces and the South African National Defence Force starts for the sixth time in Simon’s Town. German and South African soldiers will work together for four weeks to strengthen cooperation between their two countries and facilitate the sharing of maritime expertise.

Water is life

Using music to spread the word on clean water

German and Ugandan musicians performed together in a concert “We Love You Uganda” aimed at raising awareness around access to clean drinking water. The February 28 concert was part of a campaign for clean drinking water worldwide by German charity Viva con Agua.

Minister of state Maria Böhmer with EAC-delegation

Minister of State Böhmer meets delegation from the East African Community

German Minister of State Maria Böhmer met a delegation from the East African Community, headed by Deputy Secretary General Charles Njoroge, on February 26 for an in depth exchange of views. Minister Böhmer was  impressed by the level of regional integration that has already been achieved within the East African Community.

Participant addressing panel during the 2014 Managing Risk in Africa in Frankfurt

Munich conference explores managing risk in Africa

The German African Business Association, in association with KPMG, hosted their fourth ''Managing Risk in Africa'' conference on February 25 in Munich. Over 130 delegates were briefed on risk management and opportunities on the African continent. At the event, business expressed its views regarding Germany's current approach to trade development, including demands for a more strategic and offensive foreign trade policy for Africa.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier during Review 2014.

Conclusions from Review 2014

“Crisis – Order – Europe” is the title of the final report from the year‑long project Review 2014 – A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy. It highlights the experiences of the review process, which included discussions with experts from Germany and abroad, public debate in Germany, panel discussions, workshops, simulations and talks with Foreign Office staff.

The Bobs online award honors exceptional online activism in various fields.

Deutsche Welle boosts The Bobs international online award

Deutsche Welle launches its renowned international contest "The Bobs - Best of Online Activism" with a new approach. The focus is now on the "Freedom of Speech Award."

Head of German delegation Schneider, Ambassador Hückmann and Secretary Hungamo jointly opened the Consultations

German-Namibian cooperation successfully continued

Consultations on Development Cooperation between Germany and Namibia took place in late February in Windhoek. The 2015 consultations set the agenda for a continued and strong partnership of the two Nations.

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

International Competition on Planetary Urbanism

It's time to rethink urbanisation, especially taking the environment into consideration. In an effort to raise awareness about climate change in the context of urban living and possibly providing solutions, Germany's Foreign Office supports a competition on information design awarded by ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism. Those interested must register online by April 30 and submission deadline is May 31, 2014.

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Germany's Africa policy


Africa is a special focus of German foreign policy. Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Country of the Week Profiles

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the third edition South Africa is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and economics to  development cooperation, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are all articles of previous countries, amongst them Kenya and Uganda!