“In Kenya we see great potential for the migration of skilled workers in many areas of our economy,” said Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Nairobi after talks with Kenya’s President William Ruto.
Germany wants to strengthen the regular immigration of workers and at the same time push back illegal migration. “It’s a win-win situation for the countries that take part,” said Scholz.
The government in Berlin has decided to make it much easier for skilled workers to immigrate. Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil said last week in the Bundestag: “If we don’t do that, we will be short of seven million workers and skilled workers by 2035.”
President William Ruto (centre) welcomed Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) in Nairobi with military honours
The Kenyan President supported the German approach and spoke of an “export of skilled workers to Germany”. The federal government has offered its support in using the training and further education opportunities in Kenya, said Ruto and explained that Kenya had increased the number of its so-called centers of excellence for vocational training from three to seven. In addition, German lessons in schools are to be promoted with support from Germany, the President announced.
Skilled workers from the IT and digital economy in particular could be of interest to Germany from Kenya. Kenya’s capital Nairobi is sometimes referred to as Silicon Savannah in reference to the high-tech location Silicon Valley on the west coast of the USA and has an innovative start-up scene.
Talking about climate change
After Ethiopia, Kenya is the second stop on Scholz’s Africa trip. His meeting with President Ruto also discussed climate change. Scholz acknowledged the commitment of the East African country in the fight against global warming.
Kenya wants to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Ruto underscored his commitment to climate protection by announcing that he wanted to join the international climate club. The G7 group of democratic economic powers founded the club at the end of 2022 on the initiative of Scholz. Particularly ambitious countries want to work together in the fight against global warming.
At the same time, Ruto called for more commitment from the industrialized countries in supporting Africa in the fight against climate change. In addition to additional money, the promotion of sustainable economic projects is also necessary.
Kenya is considered a pioneer of the energy transition and wants to obtain all electricity from renewable energies by 2030. The country currently generates between 80 and 92 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, putting it in the top third worldwide. However, the numbers must be viewed in context. According to the International Organization for Renewable Energy, Kenya produces around 12 gigawatt hours of electricity, the industrialized country Germany almost 50 times as much.
uh/AR (dpa, afp)