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German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in Ghana

26.02.2019 - Article

On the occasion of the 3rd German-African Business Summit (GABS), German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller travelled to Ghana in February 2019.

Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in Ghana
Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in Ghana© GEA

He also used the visit as an opportunity to inform himself about the status of development cooperation and the bilateral “Reform Partnership” under the G20 Compact with Africa. The GABS is organised every two years by the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Industry and took place in Accra this year.

The aim of German Development Cooperation with Ghana is to consolidate Ghana's status as a middle-income country by creating sustainable and inclusive economic growth and thus jobs. This can only be achieved through increased cooperation with the private sector within the framework of public-private partnership approaches.

This was also in the foreground during the visit of two projects: the BMZ will enter into a strategic alliance with the Dignity DTRT Apparel textile factory, which employs 1,500 people and produces according to sustainable criteria. The Brazilian cashew processing company USIBRAS, which cooperates with the GIZ regional project ComCashew, can employ 2,000 people at full capacity.

Together with the Knauf Company, Minister Müller also opened a training centre for drywall construction, where up to 800 participants will be practically trained per year. The centre will also be supported by the BMZ's new Special Initiative “Training and Employment”.

Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in Ghana
Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in Ghana© GEA

In addition to the visits of the various projects, bilateral talks were also held with Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and the Economic Management Team, and Ghanaian Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta. During the embassy reception at GABS, German Development Minister Müller spoke at short notice to Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who had just returned from a trip abroad.

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