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.
Energy expertise for Africa
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.
German Government Backs EU Economic Partnership Agreement with SADC
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.
Kenyan Journalist wants answers
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.
Nambian football coaches to travel to 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.
Relations between Germany and Angola strengthened
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.
Campaign to energy efficiency
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.
Platform for discussion in Berlin
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".
First World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul
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.
Egypt: Empowering women journalists