Germany seeks Namibian interest in its Marshall Plan

15 Jun 2017 11:30am
By Anna Salkeus
BERLIN, 15 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia and other southern African countries have been encouraged to declare interest in the German Government’s pilot 'Marshall Plan with Africa'.
Stefan Oswald, the head of the Directorate for Sub-Saharan Africa in the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, made the call during a meeting with journalists from southern Africa here on Wednesday.
The meeting shed insight on Germany’s Marshall Plan with Africa, which was designed to complement the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to achieve sustainable development.
The Marshall Plan is a common response to support the African continent in the promotion of development, institutional cooperation, trade and security, among others.
“The initiative is open for all 54 African countries which are interested in enhancing macroeconomic stability and framework for local and external investment,” said Oswald.
He cited German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s call for greater investment in Africa and that Africa should be put positively on the agenda, whilst creating awareness within the European community.
According to the document, several countries have already embarked on a course of reform in recent years, including Namibia, Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal and Tunisia.
Namibia implemented the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) in April 2016 to contribute to social development, effective governance and service delivery.
The country also recently launched the Fifth National Development Plan, which spans from 2017 to 2022, with the aim to improve opportunities for employment and accelerate health infrastructure development, among others.
Oswald noted that the role of Germany’s development partners is to help accelerate sustainable development before the 2063 deadline, adding that his country is interested in strong trading partners.
“The Marshall Plan for Africa is basically the Agenda 2063. Africa has designed its own plan, so our desire is to complement the activities already decided upon under the Agenda 2063,” he stated.
Oswald, however, noted that although the AU had a 10-year implementation plan, not all African countries see it as a top priority.
The Marshall Plan will be on the agenda of the European Union-Africa Summit slated for November this year.