“It's not just about business. It's also about achieving change through business and close economic ties” says Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, after her recent trip to Iran.
Around two-thirds of girls in Afghanistan are not in school, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Despite improved access to education, security concerns and social stigma keep most girls out of the classroom.
Opportunities for business rarely come to mind when countries like Afghanistan or Bolivia come up. That’s something that young entrepreneurs are trying to change, and they are getting some support from Germany.
In the Interview: Brigitte Zypries (SPD), Deputy Economics Minister
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration has been criticized for massively increasing arms sales to Middle East dictatorships Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One opposition lawmaker branded the trade "reprehensible."
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