Berlin When Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) delivered his speech at the Germany Prize for Africa at the end of November, he came up with a prophecy. “The world of the 21st century is not going to be a world with only one or two power centers,” Schultz said. Instead, he sees a multipolar system with “one global center of gravity”: Africa. But already in the next sentence he has to admit: “Others have long recognized this growing importance of Africa – and use it in their own way.”
Development cooperation is an important way to keep Germany in the race for Africa. Federal Development Minister Svenja Scholz (SPD) now wants to present a new strategy for Africa aimed at replacing the previously implemented “Marshall Plan Africa”. The draft strategy is available exclusively to Handelsblatt. The paper aims to provide answers to global crises – not only for Africa, but also for Germany.