The leading economies want to use a conference being held in Berlin on 12 and 13 June under the German G20 Presidency to create new opportunities for sustainable economic growth, investments and stability in Africa. The aim is an initiative that speaks with, rather than about, Africa.
Creating new investment opportunities
“Africa has a very high profile in Berlin at the moment,” said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited representatives of African countries to the G20 Africa Partnership Conference.
The goal of the conference was to explore new investment opportunities in Africa and to agree on how new incentives for more private‑sector investments, sustainable investments in public infrastructure and economic participation can be created through employment. Initiatives on greater use of information and communications technologies by women and girls were also on the agenda. A further aim of the G20 Africa Partnership is to support access to a climate‑friendly energy supply through renewable energies in Africa.
Economic development and population growth in Africa increasingly have a global impact, including on the neighbouring continent of Europe and on Germany. This is why the German Government made Africa one of the priorities of its G20 Presidency. The German Government is endeavouring to boost political and economic stability in Africa through the G20 Africa Partnership. It also aims to minimise the causes of forced and illegal migration and to foster Africa’s responsibility for itself.
“More unity, more engagement”
Africa also played an important role at the Federal Foreign Office this week. Foreign Minister Gabriel met his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop on the margins of the conference, as well as his Ghanaia counterpart Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.
Gabriel said this exchange is important. “More is needed if we want to take advantage of the opportunities that Africa can offer its people and us Europeans – more unity, more engagement and most importantly, better cooperation between state and society.”
Welcome Africa – Cologne Meets Kenya
Art is to serve as a role model for politics in this case. A concert at the Federal Foreign Office on Monday will symbolise the links between Europe and Africa. Welcome Africa – Cologne Meets Kenya is the title of a summer concert by Wolfgang Niedecken, founder of Cologne rock band BAP, and Kenyan singer Eric Wainaina.
Both musicians are not only known for their music, but also for their social engagement. Wolfgang Niedecken set up a support programme for former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the children’s charity World Vision and Eric Wainaina is active in Kenya’s National Integrated Civic Education Programme and other projects.