Africa needs Europe and Europe needs Africa
State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn at the East-West Economic Forum in Nuremberg
Africa doubles its population to 2 billion by 2050. With an average age of 18 years, Africa is a young continent compared to Europe at the age of 48. Innovation, investment, good governance, education and free trade can create opportunities for the future and prevent causes of flight. In neighbouring countries to Syria, the "cash for work" programme creates short-term jobs to give refugees a perspective. Walls are not an answer to migration. In Egypt, regenerative energies are being developed into a focal point. This also includes new job profiles such as "solar workers". The German Presidency at the G20 summit will make Africa a priority in 2017. Currently, 809 German companies are investing in Africa. This number must be increased. Private investment is even more in demand than development aid to regain double-digit growth rates and fill the headline "Africa rising" with content.