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One of the signs that German businesses are increasingly interested in Africa is the upcoming German-African Business Summit in Nairobi in February 2017, the first of its kind
Today Germans celebrate their National Day. This day commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification. The country was reunited on October 3 1990. Bilateral relations between Germany and Kenya are excellent. In April this year President Kenyatta paid a successful visit to Germany, cementing our political relations and boosting our economic relations. The presence of German companies in Kenya is increasing: Volkswagen announced the opening of a factory in Thika where the Polo Vivo will be assembled for the Kenyan market. Lufthansa, the German airline, is back with regular direct flights between Nairobi and Frankfurt. Allianz, the insurance company, has also opened an office here and will soon expand its activities to other regions. All these enterprises will create jobs and provide opportunities for vocational training, thereby helping to qualify young Kenyans for employment in today’s highly competitive markets. This will benefit both Kenya as a whole and German companies looking for investment opportunities in this country.
One of the signs that German businesses are increasingly interested in the African market is the upcoming GermanAfrican Business Summit in Nairobi in February 2017, the first of its kind.
Germany continues to be firmly committed to fostering economic and social development. Following a visit by Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in March this year, Kenya and Germany agreed to adopt a new focus area in their bilateral programme of cooperation: “Sustainable economic development – promotion of youth employment and vocational training.” Two weeks ago, negotiations between the two countries detailing the content of the next twoyear-cycle of development cooperation were concluded successfully. Germany has pledged to provide technical and financial assistance amounting to a sum of over €250 million for the financial years 2017 and 2018. In all areas of cooperation it is our aim to give special attention to the private sector and to stimulate its involvement. It is in this spirit of ever closer cooperation that Germany supports Kenya’s commitment to further regional integration within the East African Community. We remain hopeful that other member states will soon follow the example of Kenya in signing the partnership agreement with the European Union.
Germany continues to encourage initiatives in the region in the interests of order and securing peace, an important precondition for promoting further economic growth. We roundly condemn terrorist activities on Kenyan soil and praise Kenya’s efforts in stabilising neighbouring Somalia and its willingness to help defuse the crisis in South Sudan. These efforts have not gone unnoticed and are highly valued by the international community.
Germany currently hosts more than a million refugees and therefore knows how big the challenges of attending to the needs of refugees are. We also know that there are no easy solutions to the refugee problem. It is in this light that we see Kenya’s efforts in Kakuma and Dadaab.
We are pleased to note that the Kenyan government has announced that repatriation of refugees from Dadaab will be on a strictly voluntary basis, dignified and in full accordance with international law. Germany is ready to support Kenya to this end. So far this year we have contributed substantial funds to projects aimed at improving refugees’ living conditions in Kenya. Come 2017, it will be an election year for Kenya and Germany and we will see tough campaigns and heated debates in both countries, as is normal for any democracy.
We warmly welcome the recent compromise reached between the Kenyan government and the opposition for reforming the IEBC and electoral procedures. This agreement aims at balancing the interests of all parties concerned and improving trust in the electoral process.
GERMANY CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE INITIATIVES IN THE REGION IN THE INTERESTS OF ORDER AND SECURING PEACE