1. Interview with State Secretary Steinlein State Secretary Steinlein about the #AmbConf2015
  2. A baby is vaccinated against tuberculosis in northern Burundi East African Community to receive 70 million Euro from Germany
  3. Foreign Minister Steinmeier with a South African "Rhinose" in New York. Germany welcomes UN anti-poaching resolution
Interview with State Secretary Steinlein

State Secretary Steinlein about the #AmbConf2015

The 2015 Ambassadors’ Conference has ended in Berlin. Shortly before its close, State Secretary Stephan Steinlein spoke to the GIC about his observations of what made this year’s conference a success.

A baby is vaccinated against tuberculosis in northern Burundi

East African Community to receive 70 million Euro from Germany

Germany announced new commitments to the East African Community on August 14. In cooperation with GAVI, the funds will be invested in vaccines and health supply chain management. This brings Germany's contribution to regional immunisation programmes with the EAC to 60 million Euro since 2012. Added to that will be 10 million Euro for an EAC regional centre in Kigali.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier with a South African "Rhinose" in New York.

Germany welcomes UN anti-poaching resolution

In New York on July 30, the 69th UN General Assembly adopted its first ever resolution on tackling poaching and wildlife trafficking. It was on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York last September, at an event organised by the German Foreign Office, that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined the President of Gabon to call for this resolution.

Alumniportal Deutschland

Weekly Feature: Staying in touch with Germany – the Alumniportal Deutschland

The Alumniportal Deutschland links up people around the world who have spent time in Germany during their education or career. For German institutions, these ‘Germany alumni’ are of great interest as partners in their home countries. When the website was launched in 2008, the initial focus was on Africa as a region where international cooperation is particularly valuable for both sides.

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland: Interview with Sabine Olthof

In an interview with Alumniportal Deutschland head Sabine Olthof, the GIC tried to find out what the advantages for Germany alumni are when they join the network. Read her responses and discover what Alumniportal has on offer for you.

Polo Vivo production in Uitenhage

Volkswagen to invest R4.5 billion in South Africa

On August 27 at a media briefing in Sandton, Volkswagen Group South Africa announced plans to invest over R4.5 billion for new models to be produced in South Africa by 2017. The new investment will target the enhancement of the existing factory in Uitenage, the local supplier base and the training of employees for the next generation of products to be manufactured in Africa.

German Ambassador to Tanzania Egon Kochanke

Germany commits 210 million USD to development in Tanzania

Bilateral negotiations on development cooperation between Germany and Tanzania concluded on August 13 with 210 million USD being committed to the Tanzanian health system, to continuing support for the water sector and to the protection and conservation of biodiversity in Tanzania. The programmes are to be implemented over the next three years.

Ambassador Blomeyer speaking at the media forum

Press freedom, Journalists' Manifesto feature at Kampala media forum

An East African Regional Forum on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression was held on August 11 in Kampala. The German Ambassador to Uganda participated in the event that examined many aspects of media freedom and, in anticipation of the need for responsible reporting for upcoming elections, launched a Journalists’ Manifesto 2016.

Performer at Young Euro Classic

World’s best play at Young Euro Classic music festival in Berlin

The annual Young Euro Classic festival has begun at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, featuring the best fresh international orchestra talents. South African group MIAGI wowed the event in 2009 and then opened the festival three years later. Over 1,400 of the world’s best youth symphony orchestras perform August 6-23.

A mine in Germany

German-Zimbabwean graphite joint venture turns 50

Zimbabwe German Graphite Mines, a subsidiary of AMG Mining AG, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its graphite mine in Zimbabwe on August 7, with officials in the southern African country praising Germany for its economic co-operation with Zimbabwe.

In July 2015, Germany produced more electricity from solar panels than nuclear for the first time ever

Did German solar energy top nuclear for the first time?

In July, Germany may have had more solar power than nuclear power for the first time in history – much sooner than anyone expected. It was a close race, and nuclear is likely to retake the lead for the foreseeable future.

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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. 

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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 latest edition Tanzania 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 the articles from all of the countries featured: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia and Tanzania!

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