A Fresh Look at Africa

Diplomat East Africa - - Diplospeak -

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

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