“Struggle for Influence in Africa” Staff, German Foreign Policy.Com, 10 July 2017

“Revealing is the fact that within ‘Compact with Africa’ Berlin will be cooperating in the future with Côte d'Ivoire. The exclusive cooperation with Abidjan could reinforce German positions in France's West African sphere of influence. Having a stronger influence in the Côte d'Ivoire would have an impact on the entire region: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Benin can be supplied from Abidjan”.

The German government has found acceptance for its Africa policy initiative at the G20 summit in Hamburg. The "Compact" includes measures enabling industrial nations, such as Germany, to set their preferred conditions for investments in individual African countries. The German government has chosen Tunisia, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire as its partners. Whereas Tunisia already serves as a low-wage site for German enterprises, Côte d'Ivoire is still under French influence. "Compact" is intended to help Germany intensify its economic influence in Africa. From the perspective of Germany's establishment, time is running out because China is the most important economic partner for African countries. The share of African trade in Germany's total foreign trade was 2%: as much as in 2000. In comparison, more than 10,000 Chinese-owned firms are operating in Africa, of which only 10% are state-owned. 12% of Africa’s industrial production is handled by Chinese firms. In infrastructure, Chinese firms’ dominance is more pronounced: 50% of Africa’s internationally contracted construction market. 89% of the employees were African; 44% of local managers were African; two-thirds of Chinese employers provide skills training. Chinese-owned businesses already employ several million Africans, and make a significant contribution to the educational level. Whereas, Chinese-African trade reached US $300 billion last year, the German-African trade was only 41 billion Euros.


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“Struggle for Influence in Africa” Staff, German Foreign Policy.Com, 10 July 2017


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