On Monday 11th October, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel inaugurated the Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building in the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Peace and Security building is partly funded by Germany and it cost about 31 million Euros. It was named after one of the foremost Pan Africanists and peacebuilders in Africa.
At the inauguration of the building, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the African Union and Germany have a common interest on which their relations lie.
“Our cooperation is characterized by common effort for a sustainable economic development, education, governance and peace, and security,” Angela Merkel stated.
Chancellor Merkel made mention of the African youth and the potential they have to drive Africa forward. She added that the continent possesses economic potential, enormous natural resources and a growing middle class in many countries.
She stated that further support will be provided to aid Africa’s development projects. By doing this, she believes the root cause of migration to Europe from Africa will be tackled.
Angela Merkel also made it known that for Africa to create jobs and achieve sustainable growth, the private sector needs to be involved.
The African Union Commission chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who was also present said that the continent is ready to borrow a leaf from Germany, especially in view of the Agenda 2063 which is rooted in pan-Africanism and a total reconstruction of the continent.
‘’Today will be remembered as an important date to our organization. This building will encourage us indeed to Silence the Guns and to strive for a more peaceful Africa where we can work on development, fighting poverty and getting Africa to be a prosperous, peaceful, integrated continent,’’ Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said.
She also recognized the Peace and Security building as a symbol of the solidarity and cooperation between Germany, the AU and Africa as a whole.
The building provides a base for the operation of the continental early warning system and the coordination of peacekeeping missions.