German businesses are the ideal economic partner for Africa. The continent can benefit from their technical expertise and willingness to engage with it sustainably and over the long term. For their part, German businesses gain access to growth markets which, if conditions are stable, offer the prospect of significant profits.
That said, there are still considerable political and economic risks in some regions. And other countries, which are just in the process of achieving political stability after many years of violent conflict, are now facing enormous challenges in the form of the Ebola epidemic.
What is decisive for the future of the entire continent, however, is that eliminating risks and boosting entrepreneurship has become official policy in many countries. Ownership, transparency and good governance, the rule of law, the strengthening of autonomous institutions, conflict prevention and poverty reduction are the central elements of the African Union’s economic and development strategy. The strategy also focuses on boosting intra-African trade and integrating African economies more fully into the international division of labour. These are values and aims which we can fully support.
At this high-level dialogue the CDU/CSU parliamentary group would like to discuss with African partners how the African economic strategy and its implementation can be strengthened. How can we do justice to the continent’s incredible diversity? What contribution to sustainable economic development can be made by German and European businesses, and by German and European foreign trade policy? How can we help to reduce the dependence of many African economies on exports of raw materials? How can we achieve fair company agreements in the raw materials sector and other sectors? And what opportunities and risks are posed by the economic involvement of other countries, particularly China?
This dialogue is one of a series about the African continent. Key issues of development policy were addressed at a high-level dialogue on 2 July 2014. A forthcoming dialogue will focus on cooperation in security policy. All of the high-level dialogues have as their starting point the fact that Africa is an important partner for Germany and Europe in solving the global challenges of the future, and have the aim of enabling us, in partnership with experts, to identify opportunities for greater cooperation.
Simultaneous interpretation (English, French).
Will be provided at the event on
Wednesday, 24 September 2014, from 16.00 to 18.30 hrs,
in the German Bundestag’s Grand Protocol Chamber, Reichstag Building, Room 2M 001, South Entrance (Scheidemannstraße), Berlin.
We would be delighted if you could attend. Please also feel free to pass on this invitation to others who may be interested.
- For security reasons, it is absolutely essential to provide your date of birth when registering. Once the maximum number of attendees is reached, no further registrations will be accepted. You will not receive any additional confirmation after registering.
- If you have any questions relating to registration, please contact: Marianne Kraus, office of Dr Michael Fuchs, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Tel.: +49-30-227-77226.
- Admission will be from 15:00 hrs. Please have the invitation and your passport or ID card ready to show at the entrance, and allow sufficient time for the security checks.
- Venue: Reichstag Building, Grand Protocol Chamber, Room 2M 001, German Bundestag, Berlin. Access will be via the South Entrance of the Reichstag Building (Scheidemannstraße).
- Contact person for substantive questions: Stephanie v. Ahlefeldt, office of Dr Michael Fuchs, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Tel.: +49-30-227-55333.
- Coordination and planning: Constantin Stellmach, office of Michaela Noll, Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Tel.: +49-30-227-53606.
- Contact person for journalists: Sven-Olaf Heckel, Press Office of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Tel.: +49-30-227-54806.
- Organisation: Gisela Opitz and Daniela Renner, Internal Services Unit of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Tel.: +49-30-227-52519 or -52238.