German Counsellors for Development Cooperation from the SADC region visited Gaborone on 8th and 9th March 2018 to discuss German development cooperation with SADC and its SADC Member States. During those two days, the delegation also had a meeting with SADC Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Regional Integration Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo at the SADC Secretariat. The delegation included the German Ambassador Mr. Breth, representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as Counsellors for Development Cooperation from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and representatives from the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
In supporting SADC’s integration agenda, German development cooperation aims to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Marshallplan with Africa. In addition to its multilateral commitment via the EU, Germany has provided over 400 million euros in support for SADC since its creation in 1992. To this must be added Germany’s substantial bilateral development cooperation with eight of the fifteen SADC member states – Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. Strengthening SADC and other regional organisations in Africa is a major long-term priority for the German Government. At the last development negotiations between the SADC and the Federal Republic of Germany in 2017, a sum of 47.5 million euros in funding has been pledged for the years 2016-17. In the course of the negotiations, the participants reaffirmed the joint goal of cooperation, namely to strengthen regional cooperation for the benefit of the people and to reduce poverty. This is also the purpose of continued cooperation in the priority areas of regional economic integration, cross-border water management and natural resource management, including enhancing climate change resilience. Furthermore, Germany is continuing its support for strengthening national-regional linkages in the SADC region.