On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Bärbel Kofler, issued the following statement today (19 August 2016):
World Humanitarian Day on 19 August
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Cultural initiatives and educational programs have gained a new significance as instruments of foreign policy in almost all countries of the world. In addition to state actors, local and regional authorities, there are numerous non-state actors out in the field, such as private clubs and associations, churches, trade unions, foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), institutions of development cooperation, individuals and of course institutions of the creative industry and culture. They all play their distinctive role in the field of foreign cultural relations and educational policies.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
Renewable energies on the move to Tanzania
The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nairobi leads a German mission of experts from the renewable energy sector to Tanzania. With support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy the 2nd Renewable Energie conference was held on 11th July at the Hilton Doubletree and brought the German delegation together with representatives of the Tanzanian Government and the Private Sector. Amongst many participants key note speakers Ambassador Kochanke, Eng. Julinana Pallangyo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Mr. Ali Mufuruki, Infotech Investment Group highlighted opportunities as well as difficulties in the renewable engery sector. Ms. Christina Wittek, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and Ms. Maren Diale-Schellschmidt, Director of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) thanked organisers and participants for their contributions and wished the participants success in future businesses.
During a Finance Breakfast at the Hilton Doubletree stakeholders from the renewable energies sector exchanged views on different models of implementation of projects particularly with emphasis on project financing.
Ambassador Kochanke hosted a reception for the delegation and their Tanzanian partners at this residence. Guest of Honour was Eng. Julinana Pallangyo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
Germany donates equipment for Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts
The German embassy Dar es Salaam together with GIZ handed over two vehicles to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts. The vehicles will be used by the district authorities for control of wild animals, patrolling, early response to human-wildlife conflicts and training sessions related to natural resource management in wards and villages. The deployment of the vehicles are part of the German support for biodiversity protection and rural development around the Serengeti National Park.
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EU concludes election-observation-mission
On 2nd June the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) presented its final report on 2015 General Elections to the government of Tanzania. Chief Observer Judith Sargentini stated that “both at the Union and in Zanzibar the elections were highly contested, largely well managed and […] rather well executed”. She described the electoral process as “genuine, inclusive and credible”. Nevertheless, Ms. Sargentini also highlighted a lack of Transparency in regard of the election administration. Her mission-report recommends concrete steps to increase standards of transparency and inclusiveness in future elections.
As Sargentini pointed out, her mission did not observe the rerun of the election in Zanzibar on 20th March 2016, as it “did not judge the situation at that point genuine, credible or inclusive”. During the elections held on 25th October 2015, the EU-observer-mission deployed 141 observers from 28 EU Member States to all regions of the country.
Courtesy Call to the new SG to the EAC
“The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany H.E. Egon Kochanke paid a courtesy call to Mr. Liberat Mfumukeko, the new Secretary General of the East African Community. The Ambassador congratulated Mr. Mfumukeko for his appointment and noted the impressive progress in the EAC integration process and re-affirmed to the Secretary General his country’s continued support to the EAC Project and programs. The new SG pointed out: “We have truly benefited from the German support which has catalyzed other Development Partners to support our projects and programmes”.
Anti-poaching aircraft reports for duty in Tanzania’s Selous
Dr. Gerd Müller, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany handed over a Husky aircraft to Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. The aircraft will be deployed by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) in close cooperation with the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) for surveillance of wildlife in the Selous Game Reserve and to support the fight against poaching.
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In the current legislative term, cultural relations and education policy plays a greater role than ever before. In a world that seems to be out of joint, and in which conflicts are increasingly of a cultural and religious nature, the notion that ideological mindsets can only be overcome through differentiation, discussion and collaboration in the fields of culture, education and science is of particular importance.
Cultural relations and education policy forum
Zanzibar: Negotiations are the way forward
“Following the election-rerun held in Zanzibar on 20th March the German Ambassador issued a statement with the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the countries represented in the “Friends of the Elections-Group” in Dar es Salaam jointly calling for a continuation of the political dialogue.”
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Five members of the Committee on Digital Matters of the German parliament (“Bundestag”), a permanent committee dealing with issues of internet policy paid a visit to Tanzania. They were able to be wel...
The German Government through the German Development Bank
KfW, the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the European Union (EU) on 29 January, signed an agreement to expand power infrastructure in North-Western Tanzania. Together they provide financial support of about EUR 42 million to the Tanzanian government for the electrification of Geita, Kagera and Kigoma regions.
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On February 25th 2016, the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group (GAFTAG) has been honored by the Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces, General D.A. Mwamunyange, for its excellent wor...
EAC and Germany: advancing regional integration in East Africa
The German government signed an intergovernmental agreement on 37 Mio. EUR in grants with the East African Community. The support is dedicated to economic integration, regional health facilities and water resource management. The contributions highlight the strong German commitment to support the integration process in East Africa in difficult political times.
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Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”
On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.
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Germany provides crucial support for refugees in Tanzania
The German Government announced a contribution of 16.5 million Euro to mainly support Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Of this, 14 million Euro will go to the UN World Food Programme and 2.5 million Euro will go to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Arusha – the ‘Geneva of Africa’
The northern city of Arusha is home to the secretariat of the East African Community (EAC). The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights are also based there, which has led Arusha to be dubbed the ‘Geneva of Africa’.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited the EAC headquarters, a building which was constructed using 14 million euros provided through the KfW Bankengruppe. Speaking to the press after his meeting with EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera, Steinmeier said, “There has been tremendous progress in Africa in recent years, notably with regard to regional integration in East Africa.”
EUROPEAN UNION JOINT LOCAL STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS INFRINGEMENTS
The Heads of Mission of the European Union Delegation, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America
recall that the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania had committed to applying the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015 in a manner that respects fundamental freedoms and to addressing a potentially negative interpretation of the law. However, the first cases of application raise concern in view of their potential infringement of fundamental freedoms.
Human rights have many faces. Children, women, activists, people with disabilities, victims of torture and human trafficking – they all need our special protection.
Areas of action
PETERSBERG CLIMATE DIALOGUE: A CLIMATE DIPLOMATIC DOOR TO FORMAL CLIMATE ACTION
As the political pioneer in international climate policy, Germany under guru climate leader Chancellor Angel Merkel initiated the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in 2010. The primary goal of the dialogue is to facilitate informal discussions of key issues in international climate policy. It serves to complement the UN climate negotiations (not to duplicate or replace them) in order to lend greater momentum to the political process that underlies international climate action.
Despite the fact that Petersberg Climate Dialogue has been informal international climate dialogue out of UNFCCC structure has proved success in formal global climate action across the world.
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New Tanzania Wildlife Authority Inaugurated
On 16 October 2015 President Kikwete inaugurated the new Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), with headquarters in Morogoro. TAWA shall become one of the leading institutions in conservation and management of wildlife. It will be responsible for all protected areas outside the national parks. Germany, one of the strongest supporters of wildlife conservation in Tanzania, supports this important new institution by providing technical expertise. HE Egon Kochanke, the German Ambassador, emphasized, “I hope TAWA will make history”.
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Germany announces to make available 70 million euros for the EAC 2015-17
Regarding the upcoming bilateral negotiations on development cooperation with the EAC in September 2015 the Head of the German delegation underlined that Germany is willing to support the EAC in the fields of regional economic integration, health and water resource management. Germany is prepared to make available altogether 67 million euros for projects in these fields. This includes 30 Mio. Euro new contributions to the health sector that were already committed on August 14, 2015. In order to strengthen the pandemic preparedness in the EAC Germany is willing to provide an additional 3 million euros in technical assistance in 2016.
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Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
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Financing for SME in Africa
Germany is providing finance for GroFin, a pioneering SME development financier assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to access tailored finance and experienced business support to start and grow successful businesses, creating jobs and driving socio-economic development. GroFin finances and supports small, growing businesses that require medium term (4-7 years) finance of between US$100,000 and US$1,500,000 (or local currency equivalent). More information at
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Fight against international terrorism, drugs and piracy – German and Tanzanian police forces strengthen their cooperation
The German Federal Criminal Police Office and the Tanzanian Police strengthen their cooperation in the mutual fight against international crime. For this the German Federal Criminal Police Office conducts an education and training project in cooperation with the Police Acadamy of Daressalam.
German and Tanzanian police forces strengthen their cooperation