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Berlin [ENA] It is well known that the federal government has always acted generously and according to the watering can principle in matters of support for foreign projects and continues to do so. There are projects all over the world that are supported by the German state.
Well over 1000 such foreign projects are currently running, and many are added every year. The projects are usually of a longer duration, i.e. several years, seldom a one-off payment, but often a permanent installation, such as the support of foreign students in different countries. In addition to these projects, there are the payments that German companies receive when they want to start a project abroad or want to participate in one, here too the German state is happy to help out financially. The BMWi then calls itself particularly forward-looking: small, medium-sized companies are supported in opening up new markets abroad.
This includes, for example, the participation or overall takeover of participation in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad, the reasoning sounds strangely similar: Help in opening up new export markets. Alright A third chapter of the money transfer abroad is the payments to certain countries directly as a loan or donation, which can then practically do with the money, what they consider to be useful. So much for the possibilities used by the federal government to transfer money abroad.
Today I would like to report on what I think is a blatant example from the field of project funding abroad, where I really think about what the whole thing is actually about and whether the money could not have been used more sensibly. And that in the middle of the corona crisis, where we have to take hundreds of billions of euros into our own hands to save the economy and citizens from bankruptcy. The information comes from August / September 2020, but the project has been running for a few years, due to a lack of evidence I can only report on it now, nevertheless I find the topic super important, because many citizens do not know something like that.
The spectacular project was set up with the title: “Promoting employment through energy efficiency and renewable energies in mosques in Morocco” and cost just 8.5 million euros. A real bargain. The federal government also explains to a party in the Bundestag that had made a minor inquiry (19/20705) about it, quoting from the statement by the federal government: The project is a project of the special initiative for stabilization and development in North Africa and the Middle East. (Quote end).
This would establish economic and social perspectives in the region, in particular promoting youth employment, stabilizing the economy, advancing democracy and stabilizing neighboring countries during crises. This project runs for a total of 6 years and should end in the middle of this year; Finally. Interestingly enough, the federal government simply expanded this project in 2017, suddenly it is given the addition “and building”. The measures were thus extended to other public buildings. I could not infer from the notification from the federal government that a vote or approval had taken place in the Bundestag.
Apart from that, no information about the logically increased costs for this project due to the inclusion of public buildings in 2017. The participation in a so-called plus-energy mosque in the village of Tadmamt is also not shown; a showcase for consumption and energy efficiency. LED lights, a solar thermal and a photovoltaic system were installed. Again, no information about the additional costs, the work has not yet been completed. As of the end of 2019, more recent figures are not available, 102 mosques in Morocco were converted or equipped with LED lamps.
14 in Agadir, 13 in Casablanca, 13 in Fes, 9 in Meknes, 14 in Qujda, 15 in Rabat, 2 in Sale, 11 in Tangier and 11 in Marrakech, 31 mosques with solar thermal systems and 4 with a photovoltaic system (figures provided by the Federal Government According to the answer in printed matter 19/21800 to the small inquiry. We are all really delighted that LED lamps can be used there, such projects have not yet been implemented in Germany, for financial reasons, as well as the implementation of ventilation systems in classrooms To name a current example, and when it comes to equipping the schoolchildren for scooling at home, some digital equipment was not purchased either, no money.
But not that you now think that this is an isolated case that I took laboriously out of the moth box; not even close. When it comes to supporting dubious projects, that’s what I call them, there are others of similar quality. For example the (2 quotes from the answer of the federal government’s printed matter 19/10277): “Gender-sensitive men’s work in Nicaragua” or “Pangani Model – a holistic evidence-based gender justice program” in Tanzania (end of quote). Very important projects, we don’t have any other problems in our own country that urgently need a solution.
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