The Corona pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our supply chains. The shortages in the health sector in particular have highlighted Germany’s dependence on imports – especially from Asia. In addition, the general unstable multilateral weather conditions is another argument for diversifying value and supply chains. Other voices want to bring production steps back to Germany or Europe. One thing is certain: supply chains of some European companies are now being realigned, which could be a great opportunity, especially for Africa as a geographically favourable neighbouring continent.
What framework conditions are needed to ensure security of supply for us? How can value creation in Africa and the expansion of the manufacturing industry be promoted and driven forward? What can politics do to support German companies in their commitment in Africa?
To discuss these and other questions, Dr Christoph Hoffmann MdB in cooperation with the German–African Business Association and the German Africa Foundation invited to an online discussion.
Dr forest Christoph Hoffmann MdB, Spokesman for Development Policy of the FDP and Board Member, German Africa Foundation
Prof Dr Andreas Freytag, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and University of Stellenbosch
Marianne Kothé, Head of Division International Finance and Monetary Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance
Christoph Kannengießer, Managing Director, German–African Business Association
Melanie Eckhard, Management Consultant, German–African Business Association