German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Tanzania from 30 October to 1 November, and Zambia from 1 to 2 November. Representatives from politics, culture and business joined him. The business delegation comprised eleven representatives from different companies, amongst them Johannes Frühauf, managing director of SSF International GmbH.
During his trip to Tanzania, the German president met with German and Tanzanian industry representatives to exchange perspectives on economic and trade relations between the two countries; he also had conversations with local companies, civilian entities and start-ups. A major item on the agenda was the reconciliation of German colonial history through dialogue with descendants of the Maji-Maji rebellion fighters and a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of victims in Songea in Southwest Tanzania.
In Zambia, Frank-Walter Steinmeier also met representatives of the civil society. He visited the Fountaingate Crafts and Trades School, a project of German development cooperation, where young Zambians are trained in different fields such as solar technology or brick work.
“The delegation trip provided many opportunities for dialogue with political and economic actors of both countries. The high-ranking political representatives impressively reinforced Germany’s interest in the region”, says SSF International managing director Johannes Frühauf. SSF Ingenieure AG participates at the construction of the around 1,200-km-long railway line from Dar Es Salaam at the Indian Ocean to Mawanza at Lake Victoria. As part of a joint venture we have been contracted as project management consultant and FIDIC engineering for plan analysis, construction management and supervision focusing on engineering structures, electrification and signalling and telecommunications technology.