The second meeting of the Make-IT Alliance took place on 10 January 2017 at the ‘House of German Industry’ in Berlin. It was hosted by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).
The main goal of this meeting was to define activities that are of priority in achieving the shared objective of the Make-IT Initiative: Promoting the ecosystems of tech-entrepreneurs and start-ups in BMZ partner countries.
Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, stressed in his speech the importance of the Make-IT Alliance. It consolidates the commitment of various stakeholders from the private sector and civil society. This can be seen as a strong signal from Germany, which is prioritising the sustainable economic development of Africa and the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals during its G20 Presidency.
The participants came together in three different working groups and agreed on the next steps:
1. The regional programme ‘Make-IT in Africa’ will work as a pilot in three areas of joint action of the alliance (knowledge sharing, accelerating programme for start-ups and match-making modalities for start-ups).
2. The Make-IT Secretariat starts to operate and coordinates the expansion of the Make-IT Alliance and identification of contributions of the individual Make-IT Alliance Partners.
3. The third meeting of the Make-IT Alliance will take place at CeBIT in Hannover and will be hosted by Bitkom e.V.