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Germany supports Nigeria with €47.6m for technical needs

Germany has declared willingness to support Nigerian government in 2016 for technical cooperation, programmes and special project initiatives.

Federal Republic of Germany has declared willingness to support Nigerian government in 2016 for technical cooperation, programmes and special project initiatives.

Image: Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel

This was revealed by the Leader of the German delegation Mrs. Renate von Boddien, Thursday, October 6, 2016 to the meeting of Nigeria-Germany Consultations on Development Cooperation hosted by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in Abuja.

To that end, the Germany government has disclosed its new commitment of €47.6 million funding.

According to Mrs Boddien, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany undertakes to provide the government of Nigeria, a new commitment.

The new initiative will cover areas of bilateral technical cooperation and special project initiative.

It will help to tackle root causes of displacement-reintegration of refugees and the ‘One World – No Hunger – Green Innovation’ to strengthen its support of the Green Innovation Center for the Agriculture and Food Sector.

She explained that €22.6 million is earmarked for bilateral technical cooperation.

€19.9m Special funding lines go for special initiatives to tackle the root causes of displacement- reintegrating of refugees.

And €6 million special initiatives will go for the ‘One World – No Hunger’ project initiated to strengthen its support of the Green Innovation Center for the Agriculture and Food Sector.

Boddien added that the German Government reaffirms its commitment to stay engaged in the priority areas of:

1. sustainable economic growth, 

2. Nigerian energy support programme and,

3. technical cooperation.

In her words, the “Technical Cooperation is being implemented through the pro-poor growth and employment promotion in Nigeria programme (SEDIN), which was commissioned by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is co-financed by the European Union, the objectives of which is to increase employment and income generation for micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) in three states of Niger, Ogun and Plateau”.

 She further disclosed that, the other areas Germany is planning to also commit funds are:

i. North –East Humanitarian support for the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 

ii. the fight against Polio disease and,

iii. support for technical and vocational education and training to provide innovative skills for the Nigerian Youth.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma commended the German Government for its dsture.

He told the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Schlag Heck that, the Government of Nigeria is working hard to diversify the economy.

He also noted that the government is stimulating growth through agriculture, solid minerals, manufacturing and development of processing zones.

The Minister urged German Investors to invest in Nigeria and create jobs.

That, according to him, will ensure development and contribution to our inclusive growth.

He added that the government has provided enabling environment for investors in Nigeria.

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