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Prof. Dr Witt speaks at IHK Hannover


GISMA faculty member Prof. Dr Frank Witt was invited to give a talk to the Africa Section of the Hannover Chamber of Commerce (IHK).


He spoke to more than 50 guests and representatives of Lower Saxony’s business and political community, giving an analysis and evaluation of the environmental and sustainability risks of foreign direct investments (FDI) and official development assistance projects (ODA) in Africa.


Prof. Witt has conducted research and facilitated a number of FDI and ODA projects in Africa. He used this experience to explain how different approaches can affect the success or failure of investments in social or economic development in African countries.


He underpinned the importance of considering the societal conditions of each country, which are often divided into local elites with close ties to international corporations and a growing population of people who remain in a subsistence economy.


Prof. Witt gained his university professor title after completing assignments in Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Namibia.


The talk was also attended by GISMA Programme Manager Yvonne Atieno.


This event is part of GISMA's ongoing commitment to exploring issues related to Africa through research and teaching. It follows a visit to GISMA from a delegation from the Ethiopian government, led by the State Minister for Industry Dr Mebrahtu Meles and jointly arranged with the German-African Business Association.


Further presentations with the Chamber of Commerce are being organised with a focus on Africa and subjects such as digital transformation, including events at Hannover Messe, Hannover’s key international industrial trade fair, in April 2018.


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