Germany commits nearly R1bn to SA

2014-11-22 09:37

Germany has committed to provide nearly R1?billion to South Africa for various joint projects, the German embassy said.

“A total of €72.5 million, nearly R1bn rand, were committed by Germany to the government of South Africa for development co-operation,” embassy spokesperson Rainer Breul said yesterday.

A further €38.5?million was promised for financial cooperation programmes and €34?million for technical cooperation programmes.

A bi-national commission, chaired by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, finished yesterday.

A number of other government officials, public sector leaders, representatives from civil society organisations and academia, and artists attended the talks.

A wide-ranging set of topics was discussed including the Ebola epidemic, the political situation in South Sudan, and “troubling developments in the Great Lakes region”.

The countries confirmed their focus on co-operation on HIV/Aids prevention, governance and public administration, and energy and climate issues – in particular, South Africa’s transition to a green economy.

“Further cooperation will take place ... on the topic of introducing a national minimum wage, including an exchange of information and technical discussions,” Breul said.

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