A Fresh Look at Africa
Germany has unveiled a new foreign policy for Africa that is built on the four pillars of security, economy, development cooperation and bilateral relations in its engagements with the continent. DEA’S RONALD BERA engaged H.E ANDREAS PESCHKE the German Ambassador to Kenya on the policy. Excerpts
DIPLOMAT EAST AFRICA: Your Excellency, please tell us why Germany decided to review its foreign policy for Africa? H.E ANDREAS PESCHKE: Well, our world is changing and we also have to constantly review our foreign policy and find out whether it is still up to the task that we need in today’s world. Africa is a dynamic continent and our neighbouring continent and, we in Germany felt that we needed a more active policy towards Africa.
It’s not a completely new policy, but a continuation of a different policy that we had before. Only this time it shall be more active, more engaging and more committed.
Q: What policies and programmes will take priority in this new policy?
A: Our main priority will be first of all security. We want to support African efforts to establish a reliable security architecture. We listened carefully to what President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his speech at the United Nations about African states strengthening their regional and continental organisations. We are aware that the African Union (AU) and the East Africa Community (EAC) are and have been undertaking strong efforts to create their own institutions and mechanism such as the East Africa Standby Force. We would like to actively support these efforts.
The second aspect is the economy. Seven out of 10 of strongest growing economies are in Africa and, I think there is a lot of room for partnership between German companies and African