"G20 Partnership with Africa: Investing in a Common Future" on June 12 and 13 in Berlin

The conference entitled "G20 Partnership with Africa: Investing in a Common Future" was held on June 12 and 13 in Berlin. The initiative, which is part of the German G20 presidency, aims to give new impetus to cooperation efforts between G20 members and African countries in order to promote sustainable economic development through Support 

for efforts to put in place framework conditions in order to expand investment opportunities through investment agreements and thereby contribute to the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063.

The Head of State of the Republic of Guinea, as current President of the African Union, and other Presidents of African countries attended this high-level meeting. All African Embassies, including Madagascar, accredited to the German Federal Republic, also was present at the conference.

The main elements of this high event, held in a sober place, reflecting German pragmatism and austerity were the following:

Apart from the main themes of the conference on promoting inclusive economic growth and incentives for investment in the private sector in Africa, other related and innovative themes with a view to a better implementation were addressed including: investment in structuring infrastructure, job creation, vocational training, digitalization and the important role of youth and women entrepreneurship, as well as investment in energy.

The German Chancellor emphasized the need for frank dialogue, thus giving the possibility of dealing with problems at the source.

The active presence of the G20 countries was also highlighted. Representatives who took the floor welcomed German initiative and recalled the existing cooperation frameworks with the AU member countries, individually, by sub-region and with the AU in general , and renewed their commitment to accompany this initiative for the benefit of all.

In the same vein, the presentation of a global and country-specific review of the 2017 African perspectives, with an emphasis on industrialization, took place at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce on 12 June, before the official opening.

The event provided a space for meetings and exchanges. The Chargé d'affaires a.i of the Embassy was able to meet the partners of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the BMZ (Berlin and Bonn), the KfW (Frankfurt), companies including Siemens and she had the opportunity to talk about the recent presidential visit to Berlin in a positive way.

On the sidelines of the conference, the Chairman-in-Office of the AU, HE Mr. Alpha CONDE, convened the African Heads of Missions. He was keen to share information on reforms initiated within the Organization and encouragement in the sense of representing not only their country, but at the same time the African Union. Accountability, ownership, pride and defense of national sovereignty, and finally provision of resources by African countries themselves were the President's important messages.

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