The German government has named the seven members who will compose the executive body of its soon-to-be launched aid agency, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, or GIZ.
Bernd Eisenblätter, former chairman of the German Technical Cooperation, or GTZ, will head the group, which will also include Adolf Kloke-Lesch, Tom Paetz, Sebastian Paust, Jürgen Wilhelm, Christoph Beier and Hans-Joachim Preuss.
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In a Dec. 13 press release sent to Devex, Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, state secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and future chairman of GIZ, said the appointment of GIZ executive board members represents an important milestone in the process of bringing Germany’s three development agencies - GTZ, Inwent, and the German Development Service, or DED - under one organization. Another landmark event will take place on Dec. 16, with the signing of the accord that will formalize the merger.
GIZ is due to commence operations on Jan. 1, 2011.
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