Daimler is one of the few German companies trying to get ahead in Africa. Most German firms still shy away from the continent.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is transforming Ethiopia at a breathtaking pace. Germany is already making plans to work closer with the country it regards as a strategic partner.
2017 was Africa Year in Germany. One aim was to increase private investment in Africa. For Stefan Liebing, head of the German-African Business Association, not all the goals have been met.
After being at the center of attention in 2017, Germany's Africa policy has somewhat stagnated. But Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to keep communications open and is visiting Ethiopia and Tanzania this week.
Germany's new coalition government wants to make Africa a priority, and is promising more private investment and development aid. For many, these are the same empty promises of the past.
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