Visit of German Federal German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development in Ethiopia

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Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, visited Ethiopia's Somali region on 3 April 2017. During his visit in the area near Kebre Dahar, which is heavily affected by the current drought, the minister was accompanied, among others, by H. E. Ato Mitiku Kassa, the Commissioner of Disaster Risk Management of the Ethiopian Government, German Ambassador Joachim Schmidt, the Resident Representative of UNICEF, Gillian Mellsop, the head of UN OCHA in Ethiopia, Paul Hendley, as well as the respective country directors of KFW and GIZ, Dr Jan Blum and Dr Axel Klaphake.

Germany is one of the leading supporters of Ethiopia's drought relief operations. Minister Müller announced a further increase of Germany's pledge to mitigate the current drought in East Africa by another 100 million Euro, thus totaling 300 million Euro since January 2017.

On April 4, the Minister also presented his Ministry’s new plan “Europe and Africa – a Partnership for Peace and Development” in Addis Ababa. This event was attended by more than 150 Ambassadors, dignitaries of the African Union, development partners and journalists. The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, responded to the presentation, initiating a fruitful Q&A-session. The new plan is based on ten principles, including a new equal relationship with the continent, the creation of African solutions to Africa's problems, job creation for the youth, focus on entrepreneurship instead of aid, the avoidance of exploitation of African resources without real benefit for Africa, among others.

Before his departure, Minister Müller also visited a textile company in the Bole Lemi Industrial site, along with representatives of H&M and DBL Group from Bangladesh. Both companies are members of the “Partnership for Sustainable Textiles” (
https://www.textilbuendnis.com/en ), which was initiated by the German government and aims at improving social and environmental standards in textile industries. The minister further announced to establish another Technical and Vocational Education and Training Center in Ethiopia, implemented by GIZ.

The German Minister concluded his visit in Ethiopia meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, and discussed issues of common interest, including the current political situation in Ethiopia.

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