Ambassador Achim Burkart

22.11.2017 - Article

Dear visitors,

a very warm welcome to the website of the German Embassy in Lusaka! I am very glad that you found your way to visit us virtually.

Germany is a country rich in history and culture, with great scenery and open-minded inhabitants. It is also a country renowned for its top achievements in science and technology and for the quality of its products with the trademark “made in Germany”. Our foreign policy centers on peace, security stability, European integration and human rights.

We invite you to take a look at this website and find out more about our country in the heart of Europe.

This website offers information about many aspects of the good and friendly relations between Germany and Zambia. Development cooperation is a particularly important aspect of our relations. Zambian-German development cooperation encompasses 54 years of commitment of the German government to the people of Zambia. Since 1964, when Zambia gained its independence, the German government has made available over 1 billion Euro of direct bilateral assistance. There are another combined 700 million Euro of indirect multilateral contributions to programs of the European Commission, the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank and the United Nations Organizations in Zambia.

The Zambian and the German governments have agreed to concentrate their efforts in development cooperation on the two priority areas “Water and Sanitation” and “Good Governance” embracing “Decentralization” and “Civil Society Participation”. Renewable energy, agriculture and wildlife protection are other sectors of our engagement.

I hope that you will find useful information on this website about Germany and about our relations with Zambia in politics, economics, development cooperation, culture as well as the work and services my Embassy can offer to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions, comments and suggestions.

Best regards,

Achim Burkart

German Ambassador to Zambia and Special Representative to COMESA

Further Information

Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Burkart's Curriculum Vitae and personal details are as follows:

Born on 10 August 1960 in Bonn/Germany, married, 3 children


Higher education entrance qualification, Bonn/Germany

1979 - 1987

Law studies, Bonn/Germany


First state law examination, Cologne/Germany

1988 - 1991

Legal training and internships in Bonn and Speyer/Germany, Helsinki/Finland

1991 - 1992

Foreign Service Academy of the Federal Foreign Office, Bonn/Germany


Second state law examination, Düsseldorf/Germany

1992 - 1993

Federal Foreign Office, Bonn/Germany

1993 - 1996

German Embassy Cairo/Egypt

1996 - 1999

Federal Foreign Office, Bonn/Germany

1999 - 2002

German Embassy Hanoi/Vietnam, Deputy Head of Mission

2002 - 2006

German Permanent Mission to the OECD, Paris/France

2006 - 2010

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin/Germany, Deputy Head of Division

2010 - 2012

German Embassy Paris/France, Head of Consulate

2012 - 2016

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin/Germany, Head of Division

since July 2016 Ambassador, Lusaka/Zambia

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