Working Dinner with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Müller on BMZ’s Marshall Plan with Africa
On December 14th, 2016 GHP Chairman of the Board Roland Göhde was invited by German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller to a working dinner in a small group along with four leaders from German enterprises and five representatives from German business associations. In this meeting, the draft of the governmental “Marshall Plan with Africa” was discussed, approximately one month prior the official release of the 34-page blueprint on January 18th, 2017.
Among the fundamental elements of the “Marshall Plan with Africa” health, education and social protection play a key role. In the discussion, the GHP Chairman of the Board highlighted the importance of a systemic strategy for strengthening health infrastructure in Africa in a broad approach while implementing the lessons learnt from the Ebola crisis in 2014. In this context, it was proposed to make a well-targeted use of in-depth studies GHP had conducted jointly with KfW and GIZ, which were released by BMZ in November 2015. This could include dedicated workshops in partner countries on improving procurement mechanisms towards a much more long-term sustainable approach under the guidelines of â€œSystemic Calls for Tender. It was confirmed that the GHP studies in this field can serve as blueprint also for other, non-healthcare sectors.
While the “Marshall Plan with Africa” for the German development cooperation explicitly claims to step up cooperations with those partners who implement reforms aimed at good governance, protection of human rights and economic developments, GHP elaborated that health system strengthening needs to be a key area in a much broader strategy, especially considering that the spread of emerging health crises and viral diseases present a risk while not differentiating on means of good governance.
Last but not least, the importance of platforms such as GHP, which proactively strives for multi- and cross-sectoral cooperation and partnerships, was well elaborated in the discussion. GHP, in the meantime, is regarded as leading role-model ,and has gained increased visibility and awareness.
GHP had the opportunity to follow up on the issues discussed, e.g. during the 2nd German African Business Summit (GABS) in Nairobi from February 7th-9th, 2017. As official delegation member, GHP Chairman of the Board was accompanying German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Ms Brigitte Zypries, and German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, on their travel to Kenya. The 2nd GABS was attended by several GHP member companies, e.g. by 15 representatives from B. Braun.