To finish off his trip to Africa, Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Tanzania on November 22. The focus was on German support for the East African Community (EAC), whose headquarters in Arusha were funded by Germany’s KfW banking group.
Foreign Minister concludes Africa visit in Tanzania
The third stop of Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s visit to Africa took him to Uganda on November 21. In talks with his Ugandan counterpart, Steinmeier paid tribute to the country’s contribution to peace and stability in East Africa. The visit also marked the signing of a contract on the construction of the Bukasa Port project at Lake Victoria by a German company. In a speech at Makerere University, the Foreign Minister called for greater academic collaboration between Germany and Uganda.
Uganda - An anchor of stability
Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Zambia on Friday, November 20, on the second leg of his African trip. Steinmeier and the delegation accompanying him, including members of the German Bundestag, businesspeople and representatives of the cultural sphere, want to expand cooperation at this particular time, when Zambia is in the midst of a severe economic crisis. “Friends support each other in times of need,” Steinmeier said in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
Steinmeier in Zambia
In Valletta, EU and African leaders have adopted an action plan to address illegal migration and tackle the root causes of the problem. Young people in Africa are to be offered better prospects. Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that a longer-term process will be needed to realise the plan.
EU-Africa Summit in Malta
Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued a statement in Berlin on relations with Namibia, saying ''since last year we have been engaged in a dialogue based on mutual trust with the Government of Namibia with a view to finding a joint approach to the painful colonial past.''
Relations with Namibia
Decades of conflict have left the people of South Sudan traumatized. Journalists, whose work is plagued by violence and fear, are among the affected. DW Akademie trainer Helena Ferro de Gouveia reflects on a recent workshop in Juba. In August, she conducted a workshop for South Sudanese journalists in Juba, the country's capital. One of the workshop's focuses was dealing with trauma, and although Ferro de Gouveia had worked in conflict zones before, she found this workshop particularly challenging.
Workshop in Juba on working through trauma
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Zambian MUVI TV have expanded their broadcasting partnership with the addition of DW’s new English news channel. The partnership will offer viewers in Zambia access to more international news with a special focus on African issues.
German-Zambian media cooperation
German diplomat Martin Kobler has been appointed special envoy to war-torn Libya. Kobler is expected to rekindle peace talks between rival factions and the internationally recognized government. The United Nations Security Council approved the appointment of German diplomat Martin Kobler as special envoy to Libya. Kobler, who led the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is expected to tackle stalled peace talks.
New special envoy to Libya