To achieve this, we must take advantage of the full potential of today’s technologies in order to create new opportunities for the young Africans in education and training, the agricultural sector, medicine or the technology sector,” Müller emphasises.

As the Minister notes, with the initiative ‘Digital Africa”, the BMZ is already implementing around 40 projects with a financial volume of 165 million euros. Issues they address range from strengthening good governance with Internet-based citizens’ participation through new sales channels for farmers via apps to healthcare in rural regions using telemedicine. “This enables very real development leaps and also opens up investment prospects for German and other European enterprises,” Müller explains.

Seven pioneering digital projects

In addition to the “Africa Cloud Initiative”, the seven BMZ digital pioneering projects include the “Digital Africa” venture. With it, the BMZ has initiated around 40 projects with a volume of 164 million euros since 2015.