Merkel to visit West Africa

28.08.2018 - Article

Chancellor Merkel to discuss economy and migration during trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria this week.

Chancellor Merkel visits West African countries
Chancellor Merkel visits West African countries© deutschland.de/dpa

Chancellor Angela Merkel will leave this week for another trip to Africa. From Wednesday to Friday she visits Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, according to deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.

The Chancellor's talks should focus on migration policy and efforts to combat the causes of flight in West African countries. Merkel is accompanied by a high-level business delegation, which underlines the strong interest of the economy in the three countries, said Demmer on Friday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Merkel intends to talk with Senegalese President Macky Sall about the country's economic development and cooperation in the region. In the evening, a meeting with representatives of civil society is planned.

In the Ghanaian capital Accra, talks with President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday also deal with economic issues and foreign policy. Merkel also wants to participate in a roundtable organised by the German business community, which among other things will focus on the status of the G20 initiative “Compact with Africa” ​​for more private investment. More over, a meeting with young start-up entrepreneurs is planned.

In addition to Ivory Coast and Tunisia, Ghana is one of three African countries with which Germany has recently entered into a so-called reform partnership, thanks to which the country is increasingly supported.

© deutschland.de

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