Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller presents the Marshall Plan with Africa in Berlin. <br/>Photo: BMZ, Michael Gottschalk/phototek.net
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller presents the Marshall Plan with Africa in Berlin.
Photo: BMZ, Michael Gottschalk/phototek.net
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The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has presented a ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ as part of Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2017 under which ‘Reform-oriented partner countries’ will receive greater support. Federal Minister Gerd Müller also called for more business-sector investment in Africa.

In mid-January, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, presented the outline of a ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ to the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Bundestag. ‘We need an entirely new dimension of cooperation with Africa,’ Müller said. ‘We want to enter into reform partnerships with champions of reform. Whoever is combating corruption, establishing tax systems, investing in education and pushing for gender equality can expect more support from us. Development policy alone is not the answer, Africa needs jobs, which only the private sector can create –  local added value instead of exploitation. The opportunities in Africa are vast, including for German business,” Minister Müller emphasised when he presented the project in Berlin.
  
Invitation to dialogue with African partners, politicians, universities and research and Society 
  
The outline of a Marshall Plan with Africa sets the starting point for a discussion over future cooperation with the continent, according to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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