Exhibition stand of GreenTec at the event in 2016. Among the Germany-based company’s innovations is the Mobile Solar Kiosk, which has been rolled out in Rwanda in partnership with a local company. The annual event offers a platform for players in the

Political and business leaders from Germany and Africa converge on Hamburg on 25-26 April for the 11th German-African Energy Forum. The annual event offers a platform for players in the energy sector for interaction and networking.

Ministers from eleven African countries and two German State Secretaries will attend the conference. The African ministers, in charge of energy and/or industries, are from DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Swaziland and Zambia.

On the German side, State Secretaries Uwe Beck and Walter J. Lindner of the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development and the Foreign Ministry respectively will address the 2-day conference.

Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association), the organiser, has announced that about 400 participants from Africa, Germany and the rest of the world will take part at the event.
As in the past years, African delegations will have the opportunity to present their countries exclusively in dedicated country sessions.
Expected to be discussed are issues of German-African partnership in efforts to develop energy projects in the continent. Among the themes of the Forum is a special focus on energy for industry.

Almost 600 million Africans or 57 per cent of the population have no access to any form of electricity. To close the huge deficit, governments are investing in the improvement of electricity generation and supply across the continent.

German companies seeking contracts in Africa will have the opportunity to meet the decision-makers from the continent on a one-to-one basis at the Forum and possibly make deals.
The Afrika-Verein is the key trade association for German businesses and institutions with an interest in Africa.

Quelle: http://www.theafricancourier.de

Author: Femi Awoniyi

More information at: www.energyafrica.de

Frustration is forcing an increasing number of male refugees in Germany into prostitution, German NGOs have revealed.
By speaking with those NGOs, InfoMigrants learnt that many of the refugees are having sex with older men for money.

Diana Henniges who works at German refugee aid initiative “Moabit Hilft” in Berlin, narrated to InfoMigrants the story of a 16-year old Syrian-Palestinian boy who came to Germany in 2015. When he turned 18 he had to leave the German youth centre where he was hosted.

He ended up living in a gymnasium with other asylum seekers but due to lack of security personnel and social workers, the boy was repeatedly beaten, threatened and mocked by the other people with whom he shared the accommodation.

Fearing deportation, InfoMigrants reports that the boy left the gym and entered the world of prostitution and drug abuse. He offered “sexual services” to an older man in exchange for a place to stay for half a year.

The number of young asylum seekers turning to prostitution is increasing in Germany. They are mainly from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq. InfoMigrants reports that the refugee prostitutes are aged between 16 and 25 years old, with some as old as 35.

Several factors make the young asylum seekers in Germany turn to prostitution including the asylum status, level of education, drug addiction or homelessness.

Ralf Rötten, the director of the “Hilfe für Jungs” youth support organization in Berlin, confirmed to InfoMigrants that there were many younger refugees who sold their bodies for money.


The 2017 Miss Kenya Germany beauty pageant took place on April 29th, 2017 at the Red Ball-Room in Berlin, Germany.

The pageant featured 5 beautiful Kenyan ladies. : Jessica Bieber, Jocinter Awino, Shantel Pfitzer Mungai, Monica Orikko and Nassim Auma.

Shantel Pfitzer Mungai wooed the crowd, and impressed the judges to take home the crown.

In an interview she did prior to the event with Afrobiz Media House of Berlin, she emphasized and empathized with the FGM (female genital mutilation) situation still happening in Kenya and parts of Africa.

She implied that she would like to help fight and stop the atrocity which renders a lot of young women hopeless and helpless.

The yearly event is organized by Trafalgar events of Hamburg, Germany.

This years runner up was Monica Oruko and 1st Runner Up was Nassim Auma.There were beautiful performances from various music artists and dancers. 
Topafric media would like to congratulate Shantel on achieving this prestigious honour. We wish her all the best.

“I don´t give up my hope of economical growth and prosperity in Africa” was the inspiring and strong statement of Rolf Salo, founder and CEO of SALO Holding AG in Hamburg/Germany.

The successful entrepreneur and longstanding politician for the Liberal party in Germany explained in front of the audience in the Grand Elysée Hotel during his Welcome-speech as the Patron of the “Africa Days” his strong intension, to support Africa on its further way into an economical growing nation in the near future.

“The trade between Africa and Germany still plays a minor role. But I don`t give up my hope for a faster and stronger development of the business relations between our Countries”, said the economic-graduate and sociologist. Rolf Salos` message found a very positive echo in the audience. “We are very glad and thankful, that Rolf Salo as an experienced entrepreneur became our patron of the Africa days”, said Sylvaina Gerlich from IMIC.

Salo Holding AG is one of the most successful, not state-runned companies for Vocational rehabilitation for people with severe restrictions in Germany. With more than 70 centers spread throughout Germany and 20 in Europe, Africa and Southern America, SALO Holding AG is supporting handicapped people to get back into the labour-market. Rolf Salos device uses to be: “Make more of you than you are”!”

THE Nana Yaw Foundation, a nongovernmental sporting agency, has received sporting equipment from the German Embassy at a ceremony in Accra. The items which included jerseys, footballs, football pumps, shin guards and anklets are to support the youth of the Kintampo South District to discover and harness their talents. 

The Secretary in charge of Commerce at the embassy, Gesine Spatz, expressed the hope that the items would be put good use and for the benefit of the indigenes of the Kimampo South District. She said the embassy was prepared to support the foundation and other well¬meaning civil society organisations in the country. 
The sporting equipment donated are jerseys, footballs, football pumps, guards and anklets Nana Yaw Konadu, who establised the foundation, with enrollment currently around 80 youngsters, said it was formed to combine football and education by ensuring that the youngsters attended school and later returned to training after classes.

He explained that the foundation, with support from the German Embassy, helps the youth of Kintampo South to acquire life skills when they leave school to engage in meaningful economic activities.
Nana Yaw Konadu 
Business executive   
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Accra/ Ghana   
Tel.: Ghana:      00233-243-776026                     
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Thursday, May 25th 2017, was the first day of the Annual Africa Day festival which is held at the Wandsbek Markt Platz and it was fantastic.

The venue was parked, people walked in and out of the venue which is plastered with different tents full of African culture, food, drinks, and entertainment.

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlingsd, wife to former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, graced the occassion with a speech encouraging Africans to mimic the positive characters of their German counterparts.

Kids were all over the place jumping around and having fun. Although the stage was not blessed by a lot of artists, the atmosphere was full of merriment and enjoyment.

It is always good to see people of different colours and cultures come together as one people.

The festival continues until Sunday, May 26th, 2017. If you are in Hamburg, endeavour to stop by Wandsbek Markt and join in on the celebration.

German officials say growing numbers of pregnant immigrant women are paying German men to pose as fathers so that they can qualify for residency.

German broadcaster RBB found up to 700 cases in Berlin alone. "There are many unreported cases," said Ole Schröder, a top interior ministry official.

There has been a rise in asylum requests from pregnant women from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe.

A new law is being drafted to tackle the fake paternity racket, RBB reports.

Some pregnant immigrant women are reported to have paid fake fathers and solicitors as much as €5,000 (£4,356; $5,628) to get paternity registered. Once that is done, the baby automatically becomes a German citizen and the mother has the right to stay.

However, in 2013 a German Constitutional Court ruling said that even in suspicious cases it might not be worth contesting paternity, because the child could end up stateless and left in legal limbo.

It is generally easier for refugees fleeing conflict to get residency in Germany than for economic migrants who have escaped poverty in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe.

'Considerable criminality'

Germany has moved to tighten asylum rules since the 2015 influx of more than 800,000 migrants, most of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Immigration is a major issue ahead of parliamentary elections in September. The influx hit some local authorities especially hard, as they struggled to house and integrate the newcomers.

However, there was a sharp drop in the numbers claiming asylum in 2016, after barriers were erected on the Balkan migration route.

Polls suggest that the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), opposed to mass immigration, has gained support and is on course to enter the federal parliament (Bundestag) for the first time.

Mr Schröder, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), said "we have a lot of evidence from the immigration authorities - fake fathers are making money out of this... in other words, this involves a considerable amount of criminality".

In one case reported by RBB, a far-right sympathiser, convicted for sporting neo-Nazi symbols, claimed to be the father of a Vietnamese child.

Martin Steltner, a state prosecutor in Berlin, told ARD television there were signs of widespread abuse involving paternity, for example one man claiming to be the father of 10 children.

The fake fathers rarely pay any child support, as many are living off social welfare, ARD reports.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, whom governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

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