Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits three African countries in as many days. In Senegal, Niger and South Africa, improving economic relations is its main objective. But the three global crises, Corona, Russia’s war against Ukraine and global warming, are also on the agenda.
Berlin, May 23, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — Energy, investments and trade are three of the subjects already discussed by Olaf Scholz in Senegal, with President Macky Sall. In Niger and South Africa, they will also appear. The same goes for foreign and security policy issues, that is to say the three crises that the world is trying to overcome. This is Scholz’s first trip to Africa as chancellor.
reality of life
On Sunday, the Chancellor was received by President Sall in Dakar. “The COVID-19 pandemic, the war of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the climate crisis with its disastrous consequences for African states, impact our reality of life,” Scholz said in Dakar. “They jeopardize the social and economic achievements for which the countries of the South have worked hard.” Quick action was needed. The task was to ensure that the international rules continued to apply in this world.
Scholz met with representatives of German and Senegalese companies and inaugurated a solar power plant with President Sall. According to the federal government in Berlin, Germany has supported the Diass project which will provide sustainable electricity and is supposed to stabilize the energy supply of the entire region. Another subject still tackled by Scholz and Sall was the exploitation of a gas deposit off the coast of Senegal.
Sunday afternoon, Olaf Scholz flew to Niger. Today he was going to talk to German soldiers at Tillia Air Base. They are part of the Gazelle mission which trains Malian soldiers. The project is supposed to “allow the Sahelian states to once again assume responsibility for their own security”, according to Secretary of State for Europe Michael Roth.
With Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, Scholz would also discuss many of the topics discussed in Dakar. Furthermore, an improvement in the security situation and the nutritional crisis in the region should be discussed this afternoon.
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On Tuesday, Chancellor Scholz is expected to be received by South African President Cyrill Ramaphosa in Johannesburg. The two heads of government would discuss bilateral cooperation in several areas, including economy, energy, trade and science. Scholz will also visit the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the Constitution Hill Museum. According to its website, it “tells the story of South Africa’s transition from colonialism and apartheid to democracy, with all the pain, pathos and catharsis that such a journey entails”. Before returning to Berlin, Scholz will visit Sasol, a large company that is part of the oil and chemical industry, as well as the German Chamber of Foreign Trade.
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