The German Embassy in Abuja recently invited Heike Matthiesen, one of Germany’s, leading guitarists, to perform. She was interviewed by Adie Vanessa Offiong of the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust.
Interview by Daily Trust
MAN Nigeria Ltd., subsidiary of the German brand opened on September 30th in Lagos, wants to introduce more of its electricity solutions to the Nigerian market.
MAN opens in Lagos
The Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Michael Zenner has reiterated the need for the Nigerian government to improve power supply and enact more investor-friendly laws and regulations in order to attract additional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.
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On the 22.09.2015, around 60 guests had the opportunity to see the German guitarist Heike Matthiesen in a 90 minute concert at the residence of the German Ambassador in Abuja.
On 7 September 2015, the German General Consulate in Lagos in cooperation with the delegation of the German economy continued the series of seminars on the theme "Renewable energy". "Nearly 100 people including many representatives from business, academia, civil society and the diplomatic community accepted the invitation of the new Consul General, Ingo Herbert, and participated in this year’s second seminar on the topic "Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies" in Westwood hotel in Lagos.
Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies
On the occasion of the first meeting of the Sub-Working Group “Migration” of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission (BNK), a German delegation consisting of colleagues from the German Federal Ministry of Interior, the Federal Police and the Federal Foreign Office was in Abuja from 5th to 7th of August 2015.
Sub-Working Group "Migration"
How Germany, through KfW, helps eradicate wild polio infections
In Nigeria and on the African continent, July 24, 2015 marks one year since the last reported case of wild polio. What a turn-around after the country had reached the peak of 1.122 wild polio cases in 2006. This is a significant milestone and could lead to the end of polio in Africa, pending final laboratory classification from all samples expected by September 2015. This progress is due to the coordinated efforts of donors, African governments, health workers, partners, religious and community leaders.
Ambassador Zenner and representatives of NEMA and NCDC as well as members of the press were invited on July 30th, 2015 to visit the training of trainers on "management of highly contagious diseases", conducted by the Red Cross Germany. What initially started to prepare health personell for their work with Ebola patients has evolved into a more general approach to highly infectious diseases.
German Red Cross Training
On July 23rd, 2015, the German Embassy in Abuja signed a funding agreement with the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) to support the drilling of a new borehole and rehabilitation of two other boreholes in the Orile-Owu community in Osun State. The three functioning boreholes will give at least 20 additional household access to clean and safe water.
Water Project in Osun State
The German Embassy in Abuja signed a funding agreement on July 23rd, 2015, to finance a new generator for the St. Dominic Catholic Hospital in Ogungbde (Oyo State).
The hospital treats more than 10,000 patients a year and is the only health care facility close by for many rural communities.
Generator for hospital
In the framework of the German Federal Foreign Office’s sports initiative the German Embassy Abuja was able to donate soccer jerseys and balls to the Hope House Initiative, an Educational Support Unit for Children with Special Needs in Abuja.
Soccer equipment donated
The foundations of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) were layed by German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle with the Elysée Treaty on January 22, 1963. On July 5 of...
52nd anniversary of Franco-German Youth Office
In an interview with the Guardian, Ambassador Michael Zenner highlighted the excellent political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Nigeria. Numerous bilateral meetings testify to the good state of relations. In the energy, the industrial sector and in the security cooperation there is enormous potential for development. The cooperation between the two countries is on the right track.
Germany and Nigeria have excellent bi-lateral relations
On 30 June 2015, the German Consulate General organized jointly with the Energy and Environmental Desk of the German Delegation of Industry and Commerce in Lagos an interactive seminar themed “Stand-alone Renewable Energy Solutions”. The seminar on 30 June was the opening event for a series of seminars organized by the German Consulate General in Lagos in 2015, focusing on the Potentials of Renewable Energies in Nigeria. Three more seminars are planned.
Seminar series on Renewable Energies
Exactly one month after the inauguration of the Medical Centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre in Jaji, the German Advisory Group Nigeria was able to announce the achievement of another milestone - the inauguration of the training facility for maintenance work in the capital Abuja.
Inauguration of a Mechatronic School
10 June 2015 marked the official opening of the new sales and service office of German company BOSCH in Lagos. The German Missions in Nigeria welcome the presence of another important German company in Nigeria.
BOSCH opens office in Lagos
On the 19th of May 2015, the German Advisory Group in Nigeria announced the ceremonial inauguration of the medical centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji. The Chief of staff of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-General Minimah, cut the Ribbon at the entrance of the new dispensary in the presence of the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner, in addition to numerous high-level guests.
Medical Centre in Jaji
On 28 April 2015, Consul General Derus delivered a goodwill message at the opening session of the international trade show „agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015“ and invited its organizers and exhibitors to an evening reception at the Consulate General.
Agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015, trAIDe
Berlin Policy Journal
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Academy for Foreign Coaches: Track & Field Coaching Diploma
From June 1st 2016 to July 31st 2017, the German Athletics Association (Deutscher Leichtathletikverband, DLV) offers a training course for athletic coaches (track and field) at the DLV’s Academy for Foreign Coaches in Mainz/Germany.
Graduates who have passed the final examination will receive an Athletics Coaching Diploma.
The Academy for Foreign Coaches has a history of over 30 years and has successfully trained coaches and instructors from all over the world in association with the Gutenberg University’s Institute for Sports Science in Mainz.
If you are interested in joining this training course please read the attached information brochure carefully and submit your documents (including a recommendation from your national athletic federation/association!) to the German Embassy in Abuja or the German Consulate in Lagos. Deadline for the application is 10th December 2015.
Brochure Academy for Foreign Coaches [pdf, 352.34k]
Seventh International Composition Contest
Since 2009, the city of Lebach has been organizing the "Days of the Guitar for Children and Teenagers". The next Guitar Days are scheduled for April 2016. In the context of this event and on the basis of the demand for high quality compositions for guitar ensembles for children, the city is happy to announe the Seventh International Composition Contest "Gitarrentage für Kinder im Saarland". Deadline for sending the compositions is 23 November 2015.
General Conditions for the Contest [pdf, 208.43k]
Under the German Presidency, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries met in Lübeck on the 14th and 15th of April to discuss acute foreign policy crises and problems. Also, Nigeria and the terror by Boko Haram were topics of the talks.
G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Lübeck
On April 15, 43 instructors who participated in the "Dual Vocational Partnership" received their graduation certificates in Abuja – and can now train others.
The Dual Vocational Training Partnership (DVT) was launched by the Delegation of German Industry in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) and the Chamber of Commerce Giessen-Friedberg with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2012.
Award of certificates to trainers of the Dual Vocational Partnership with Nigeria
The German News Service is a free news wire of the Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the German Press Agency (dpa) especially for media representatives as well as for everyone who is interested in Germany and wants to know more about German lifestyle, business and culture.
German News Service
On the 24th of March 2015 the Nigerian President Jonathan gave the go-ahead for the new development bank in Nigeria, the Development Bank of Nigeria, that is largely supported by the German development bank KfW.
Nigerian Development Bank
New guidelines for Africa policy – supporting the security architecture, boosting African ownership
On 21 May 2014 the German cabinet decided on the new Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa drafted by the Federal Foreign Office. The guidelines summarise the context, principles and focuses of Germany’s Africa policy.
Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa