1. Christmas candles Holiday wishes from the GIC Africa
  2. solar plant in Africa More export credit guarantees for Africa
  3. Goethe-Institut München, Eingang Goethe Centre Windhoek to be upgraded
Christmas candles

Holiday wishes from the GIC Africa

To all of our visitors, Facebook fans and Twitter followers, best wishes for a joyous holiday season and happy New Year. The staff of the GIC Africa sends warm holiday cheer to you all! We look forward to a prosperous and peaceful year ahead. 

solar plant in Africa

More export credit guarantees for Africa

The German government has expanded the scope for "Hermes" export credit guarantees for German exports to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. From now on, goods and services for public purchasers in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania can be covered by German government export credit guarantees under the "Hermes" programme.

Goethe-Institut München, Eingang

Goethe Centre Windhoek to be upgraded

The recently approved budget of the Goethe Institut, Germany's largest association of German cultural institutes worldwide, will allow it to expand its network – primarily in Africa.

German christmas cookies

Weekly Feature: Christmas recipes "Weihnachtsgebäck"

When it gets dark early in the afternoon and windy and cold outside, it means that Christmas can’t be far away. The weeks before Christmas, Germans celebrate Advent, with candles, caroling and lots and lots of freshly baked holiday cookies and cakes such as Stollen from Dresden, Gingerbread from Nuremberg and cinnamon stars. Fill your own home with the warm smell of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and other traditional Christmas spices.

Ugandan Minister of Finance, Maria Kiwanuka with German Ambassador Peter Blomeyer

Signing of second financial cooperation agreement between the German and Ugandan government

On December 18, the German and Ugnadan government have signed a second financial cooperation agreement which formalizes the results of the bilateral government negotiations of 2013, where it was decided that Germany will provide Uganda with around 160 million Euro (about 520 billion Uganda Shilling) for various projects within the period of 2013 to 2015.

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International conference on violent conflicts held in Germany

The international conference on genocide and mass atrocities has concluded this week in Nuremberg, Germany, with calls on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to engage more regional organisations in Africa and Middle East with hope of strengthening member states to protect its population from mass violence. The conference included a four-day media training workshop and a two-day high level panel debate with media representatives from Syria, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Rwanda, Lebanon, Libya, Germany, Serbia, Cambodia and Kosovo.

Working together to combat infectious diseases in Africa

Germany has contributed 110 million Euro to the renewed European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership programme (EDCTP) in Cape Town. The programme fights against neglected and poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Total funding amounts to more than 1.9 billion Euro.

Radio telescope

Opening the African Sky

A new radio astronomical receiver project of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has received funding of 11 million Euro from the Max Planck Society. The MeerKAT observatory, currently under construction in South Africa, has been chosen as a host for this receiver system. It will be the most sensitive observatory of the southern hemisphere in the centimetre wavelength regime.

Dirk Nowitzki best foreign NBA player of all time

German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki is the best foreign NBA player of all time

Dirk Nowitzki is not only the highest paid German sportsman and the best basketball player that Germany has ever had; he has also already become a legend in the course of his sporting career. During his 16th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the US league that is considered the best in the world, the talented player joined an illustrious elite group in his sport.

Christmas market in Lübeck

Christmas markets in Germany

Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in Dresden are the big names on the Christmas market scene, but there are many other Christmas markets in Germany that are well worth a visit.

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German winter traditions

Snow-covered mountain range in Saxon Switzerland, Saxony, Germany

The cooler days and longer nights in Germany are beckoning the start of winter. With it comes the wonderful traditions and festive events surrounding Christmas and the New Year that brighten up a typically chilly and dark season and highlight the importance of sharing and caring. From November's St. Martin's Day through to New Year's celebrations, find out about Germany's annual traditions that make it such a special time.

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!