Working group on policy of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission meets at the Federal Foreign Office

State Secretary Dr Markus Ederer received his Nigerian counterpart Permanent Secretary Sola Enikanolaiye at the Federal Foreign Office on Thursday (8 June). Ederer and Enikanolaiye cochaired the fifth meeting of the working group on policy of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission.

New measures in the area of refugees and migration State Secretary Markus Ederer and Permanent Secretary Sola Enikanolaiye co‑chairing the meeting of the working group on policy of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission Enlarge image (© German Foreign Office)

The fight against terrorism and radicalisation, the EU-Africa Summit in autumn of 2017, United Nations reform and the human rights situation were on the agenda of the high-level working group.

A particularly important focus was on refugees and migration. Germany is supporting Nigeria in the area of migration management and voluntary repatriation and announced new measures to promote youth employment and vocational training. Moreover, a project seeking to gather biometric data in Nigeria is being launched with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Stabilising the Lake Chad region

The Boko Haram terrorist militia has already forced more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes in the Lake Chad region. The Federal Foreign Office has increased its humanitarian assistance for the region by a further 23 million euros. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had already pledged 100 million euros in February 2017. Moreover, Germany is offering support in the form of stabilisation measures and assistance for displaced persons. High-ranking representatives from the World Bank, the EU, UN, G7 countries and the countries of the Lake Chad region will meet in Berlin in September in order to discuss measures to achieve greater stability and to strengthen cooperation among countries in the region.

German-Nigerian Binational Commission

With over 180 million Meeting of the working group on policy of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission Enlarge image (© German Foreign Office) inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country on the African continent. More than 80 German companies are doing business in Africa’s largest economy alongside South Africa. The Federal Government is currently supporting the country with, among other things, comprehensive humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons in the northeast of the country.

The two countries established the German-Nigerian Binational Commission in 2011. It is intended as a forum for discussing the entire spectrum of bilateral topics as well as international issues. The most recent plenary session was held in Abuja on 10 October 2016.