On Sunday (10 February) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will embark on a three-day trip to Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. With his second visit to West Africa the Minister is underscoring Germany's political, economic and cultural interest in Africa.
In Ghana the Foreign Minister will be received by his Ghanaian counterpart, Mr Akwasi Osei Adjei. Together with other state guests they will attend the Africa Cup final. On Monday morning Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier will meet the President of the Togolese Republic, Mr Faure Gnassingbé, Prime Minister Mr Komlan Mally and Foreign Minister Professor Léopold Gnininvi. In the evening he will hold talks with representatives of two opposition parties. The discussions in Togo will centre on bilateral relations as well as Togo's domestic policy reforms.
In Togo the Minister will also visit the reopened Goethe-Institut and inaugurate a centre for tropical medicine. On Tuesday morning the Minister will meet President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and the country's Foreign Minister, Mr Djibrill Yipènè Bassolé, in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's President Compaoré is the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the country is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Their talks will therefore focus on bilateral issues as well as ongoing regional conflicts.
Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier will be accompanied on his trip to West Africa by a parliamentary, an economic and a cultural delegation. During his visit, in addition to his political appointments, the Minister will introduce "Aktion Afrika", the Federal Foreign Office's new cultural and education programme for the continent.