1. Foreign Minister Steinmeier during the opening speech of the 2014 ambassadors conference German foreign policy on centre stage in Berlin
  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
Foreign Minister Steinmeier during the opening speech of the 2014 ambassadors conference

German foreign policy on centre stage in Berlin

In just under a week, the top brass of Germany’s diplomatic corps will meet in Berlin for the annual Ambassadors Conference. Following a sweeping year-long internal review initiated by Foreign Minister Steinmeier, changes to the format and content will make for an active and intense week for all.  The 14th annual gathering is entitled “Crisis. Order. (re) Organization.” and takes place August 24-27.

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.

Channcellor Schröder (r.), Foreign Minister Fischer (l.) and his French colleague Vadrine during the first Ambassadors Conference

Weekly Feature: History of Germany's Ambassadors Conference

The Ambassadors Conference for Germany's diplomatic leadership that begins today in Berlin, is the 14th meeting of its kind. Its agenda this year, as with those of previous gatherings, reflects a commitment to strategic discussion on the most critical issues of world politics – and Germany's role in them. For 2015, the implementation of outcomes from the year-long internal evaluation “Review 2014” will also be in focus.

Ambassadors Conference at the German Foreign Office in Berlin

GIC Africa to cover Berlin foreign policy gathering

A special feature begins this week as the GICs for Africa and Latin America begin coverage of the German Ambassador’s Conference 2015. Articles, videos and photos will appear on all online platforms, including two extraordinary live chats this week on Facebook with the Ambassadors of Mexico and South Africa. The 14th Ambassador’s Conference takes place August 24-27, in Berlin.

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.

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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.

Contenders for the Bundesliga Championship: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

New Bundesliga season gets underway

The German football league Bundesliga opens in its 53rd season on August 14 with the match of reigning champions Bayern Munich against SV Hamburg. As every year, Bayern remains the clear favourite for the league title. However, the competition, including Borussia Dortmund and last year's runner-up VfL Wolfsburg, are hot on the heels of their Bavarian rival.

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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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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