Negotiations between SADC and Germany are held every two years. The most recent round concluded successfully in Gaborone in November 2019, with a pledging of 42.3 million Euro for 2020 and 2021. During the course of these negotiations, SADC and Germany reaffirmed their collective goals of strengthening regional cooperation for the benefit of the people and reduction of poverty.
Continued cooperation is manifested in the priority areas of regional economic integration and the support to industrialization as well as peace, security and good governance, transboundary water management and cross-border protection and use of natural resources. A new program on “Climate Resilience and Natural Resource Management” has been agreed upon to address the growing effects of climate change and associated devastating impacts, as well as the enhancement of adaptation and resilience to climate change in the region. Germany is also continuing its support in strengthening national-regional linkages throughout the SADC region.
Germany has supported the integration process in the SADC region for many years now in close cooperation with the European Union (EU). The cooperation is closely aligned with SADC’s policy priorities, as outlined in the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RRISDP) and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation (SIPO-II). The German development programmes are implemented by the following implementing agencies:
- KfW – German Development Bank
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Development Cooperation)
- PTB – Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute)
The next Bilateral Negotiations between the SADC Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany will take place in Germany in 2021. The SADC delegation was led by H.E Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary, while the delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany was led by Mr. Alois Schneider, Head of Division of Southern Africa at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The German Delegation was also accompanied by H.E. Ambassador Ralf Breth, of the Federal Republic of Germany to Botswana and SADC. The European Union Delegation in Botswana participated as observers, and was led by the Head of Delegation, H.E. Ambassador Jan Sadek.