German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to tour three West African countries next week, paying visits to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.
Merkel is to spend Wednesday through Friday in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Friday in Berlin.
Migration politics, particularly Merkel’s campaign to tackle the causes resulting in a stream of refugees to Europe, are likely to feature on the discussion agenda.
Merkel is to meet Wednesday afternoon with Senegalese President Macky Sall to discuss economic developments in the country and regional cooperation. In the evening she will meet with civil society representatives.
Then it’s onto the Ghanaian capital of Accra to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday to discuss economic affairs and foreign policy.
The chancellor is also to take part in a German business-organized round table that will focus on private investment linked to the G20 “Compact with Africa” initiative.
Finally, Merkel is to head to Nigeria on Friday to meet with the president of the ECOWAS economic alliance of West African states, Jean-Claude Brou. Talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari are also expected, covering social and economic developments in the country.