1. Music in Africa launches directory for the African music sector Music In Africa portal launches directory for the African music sector
  2. Sony's new gadgets IFA lights up Berlin
  3. "Liberty Train" New multimedia project on Fall of the Berlin Wall launched
Music in Africa launches directory for the African music sector

Music In Africa portal launches directory for the African music sector

Pan-African music information and exchange portal www.musicinafrica.net (Music In Africa) is pleased to announce the launch of its much-awaited online directory for the African music sector. Music In Africa is an initiative by Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut, together with partners from across Africa.

Sony's new gadgets

IFA lights up Berlin

IFA, the world's largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, begins on September 5 in Berlin, presenting the latest products and innovations. The fair offers a comprehensive overview of the international market and annually attracts the attention of trade visitors from more than 100 countries. Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel will officially open the 54rd IFA (September 5 – 10, 2014).

"Liberty Train"

New multimedia project on Fall of the Berlin Wall launched

A multimedia campaign for the film “Liberty Train” was launched on September 1 by deutschland.de. The online magazine is running a special blog to accompany the docu-drama on the journey of GDR embassy refugees from Prague. The series commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with new online entries appearing throughout September.

Oktoberfest waitress carrying 10 "Maß" beer

Weekly Feature: Oktoberfest, a truly German tradition

Over the course of this unique festival in Munich, which takes place annually from mid-September until early October, some 1.75 million gallons of beer and hundreds of thousands of pork sausages and spit-roasted chickens are consumed by over six million visitors from around the world. The popular Oktoberfest has been celebrated for over 200 years and inspired many similar festivals around the world, all modeled on the Bavarian original. In Africa you can cherish this truly traditional German experience at large festivals in Windhoek, Namibia, Nairobi, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa (Pretoria and Cape Town).

Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen

Deutsche Welle: Featuring stars from the Bundesliga

Together with the German Football League (DFL), Deutsche Welle (DW) has kicked off a special program just in time for the start of the Bundesliga season. DW will broadcast worldwide short statements made by selected international players for the Bundesliga.

Deputy Ambassador Friedo Sielemann at the signing of the agreement with Patricia Mande Nyaundi, Secretary of the KNCHR

Germany and Kenya sign agreement for human rights protection

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) and German Deputy Ambassador Friedo Sielemann signed an agreement on August 26 that will enhance the protection of human rights defenders in Kenya. Germany contributes more than 132,000 Euro to projects aimed at preventing cases of violence, intimidation or harassment of human rights defenders across the country.

Chancellor Merkel addressed participants in Lindau

Chancellor Merkel: Economic Sciences build bridges from theory to practice

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences on August 20 with a speech on economic policy. In front of an audience of 17 participating Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and more than 450 young economic scientists from over 80 countries, the Chancellor emphasised the importance of policy counselling by scientific experts.

East Side Gallery in Berlin

The Berlin Wall in the world

After the fall of the Wall, people in Germany couldn’t wait to get rid of its remains. They wanted the time of division – including all its symbols – to become a thing of the past. As a result, the Wall, which divided East and West for over 28 years after its construction began on 13 August 1961, has largely disappeared from Berlin. When the realisation came that commemoration requires a location, it was almost too late. Only a few fragments still remain, such as the East Side Gallery, and these have now been linked into a tangible memorial landscape.

Programme participants with PS Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Felix Nkulukusa, after his keynote address

Germany supports Southern Africa's access to international climate funds

Germany has established a “Climate Finance Readiness Programme” intended to support developing countries and emerging economies access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda all benefit from this support. Recently, a two-day “Climate Finance Readiness Leadership Programme” took place in Lusaka as part of this initiative.

The future is in our hands

Hendricks sees positive impetus for new international climate agreement

The German Environment Minister is confident about the adoption of a new climate agreement, noting the Petersberg Climate Dialogue showed the international community's willingness to negotiate a comprehensive climate agreement over the next 16 months "has increased tangibly." The upcoming special UN Climate Summit on September 23, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will provide more momentum to the process.

Afrika kommt! participants in Berlin, Germany

German industry initiative for African professionals open for applicants

It's good news for young professionals in Africa: Germany's exciting initiative to promote exchange between African future leaders and German Industry, Afrika Kommt!, will take place again 2014-2016. This will be the third consecutive session of the programme since it was launched in 2008, offering professional training for young, future managers from sub-Saharan Africa.

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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!