One year on: ABB supports training for a new generation of young engineers in Zambia
February 24, 2017 - Zambia needs more power technology specialists to support the country’s infrastructure development. The German development finance institution DEG has provided funding, collaborating with ABB, to train a new generation of engineers.
The first German-African Business Summit took place in Berlin in September 2015 and gave some 400 participants from the worlds of business and politics from Germany and Africa the opportunity to discuss Africa’s prospects and potential and to make new contacts. The conference will be held in Africa for the first time from 8 to 10 February 2017.
Second German-African Business Summit (GABS) Nairobi, 8 - 10 February 2017
''Art for me is an essential discipline inseparable from my life. When I am in the studio, I am transfixed into a space I call an aesthetic void, where time and space freeze, leaving only me and the subject matter.''
As part of the technical cooperation between Germany and Zambia, the German Embassy in Lusaka has supported the St. Luke’s Mission Hospital through the drilling of a borehole, as well as the installation of a solar pump and a tank.
St. Luke’s Mission Hospital
Bilateral negotiations on development cooperation took place in Berlin from the 7th to 8th of December 2016 between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Germany committed round about 100 million Euros to support Zambia, inter alia in the areas of good governance, renewable energies, and water and sanitation.
Successful German-Zambian Intergovernmental Negotiations 2016
Germany’s G20 presidency
Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.
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The German Embassy in Zambia has donated sports equipment to seven different sports associations from Lusaka and surrounding areas.
The donation of sports equipment is part of Germany’s International Sports Promotion programmes, which aims to support the further development of sport activities in our partner countries, such as Zambia.
Donation of Sports Equipment
Germany supports the Zambian Decentralisation Process with 90 million Kwacha
German Ambassador Achim Burkart and Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale have laid the cornerstone for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute in a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, 8th of November.
Groundbreaking Ceremony at Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute
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 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
In June 2016 the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel was honored as “Energy Municipality of the Month” by the Renewable Energies Agency. The town already reached its self-chosen climate and energy goals for 2020 this year.
Energy Municipality of the Month
Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.
The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.
Anniversary of the Reformation
Cultural Preservation – A Program of the German Foreign Ministry
Culture has many facets and functions, expressed in stories, buildings and other forms. Preserving cultural goods or resurrecting them after they’ve been destroyed is the goal oft he German Foreign Ministry’s Cultural Preservation Program. Since 1981, it has supported projects in 144 countries.
The President of the German Parliament Dr. Norbert Lammert visited Lusaka for the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference that took place from 19th to 23rd March 2016. He was accompanied by the Vice President Claudia Roth and a delegation of five MPs.
German delegation visits Lusaka for IPU Conference
The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and Zambian Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) celebrated the 30th anniversary of their partnership in the North Luangwa Conservation Programme. For the reception many conservation stakeholders paid tribute to the tireless efforts to safeguard one of Africa´s most pristine wilderness areas.
Read more on the 30th anniversary of the conservation programme
Germany and ZESCO signed a 30 million Euro loan agreement for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Chishimba Falls hydro power station in Kasama, Northern Province.
More information on the loan agreement