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GTZ Annual Report
3rd Biogas Workshop

A Difficult But Successful Year

Such was GTZ General Manager Gerold Dieke's assessment of the financial year 1989 when presenting the company's Annual Report. The main reason why it had been a difficult year was the reorganization of GTZ, which, said Dieke, had clearly left its mark on the 1989 figures. In addition, economy measures had been necessary to cope with an unforeseeable shortage of funds. It had not been possible to balance this shortage until the end of the year.

For the first time turnover dropped slightly, by 6 per cent-to DM 1.259 billion as opposed to DM 1.34 billion in 1988. The total operating performance, however, which according to Dieke is a more accurate indicator, was only 3.5 per cent below the previous year (DM 1.259 billion as opposed to DM 1.304 billion). Turnover is expected to increase again in the current financial year.

Improved liquidity

At DM 1.295 billion, revenues from public clients in 1989 were 14% higher than in the preceding year (DM 1.136 billion). According to GTZ's General Management this showed that the slight decline in turnover and overall performance did not represent a continuing fall, but rather a chronological shift into the preceding year (1988) and the following year (1990). At the same time, the high level of prepayments by clients resulted in a strong improvement in the company's liquidity.

At DM 9.1 million before tax, the annual surplus was only slightly lower than in 1988 (DM 10.2 million).

In the financial year under review, the value of special projects for foreign clients, i.e. remunerated Technical Cooperation, fell by 29 per cent. The reason for this was the completion of major projects for Saudi Arabia.

Emphasis still on Africa

As in previous years, Africa received the most aid - 44.7 per cent. Asia took second place, with 24.3 per cent, and Latin America third, with 14.8 per cent. When the funds allocated by GTZ are broken down according to individual countries, Turkey tops the league with DM 56.6 million, followed by the People's Republic of China, with DM 54.7 million and Kenya with DM 35.2 million.

Also as in the past, the emphasis was on funds allocated to promote the poorest developing. countries. The funds allocated for the least developed countries (LLDC) and the most seriously affected countries (MSAC) amounted to DM 583.7 million, (as opposed to DM 538.1 million in 1988). Disregarding Europe and supraregional projects, this figure represents 53.8 per cent of all funds allocated.

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GTZ an international development agency?

GTZ General Manager Gerold Dieke expressed his conviction that the company's services would continue to be in demand in the 1990s, all over the world. "We are preparing ourselves to meet additional claims, including those from international clients. Our aim is that GTZ should continue to play a major-and if possible a leading-role in international development services in the future." .

10 Wars of Biogas Extension

"10 Years of Biogas Extention by GTS Experience, Results, Concepts": this is the motto of the Third Biogas Training Workshop due to be held In Oberreifenberg, in Germany's Taunus region, In mid-January next year.

The workshop will focus in particular on

1) an evaluation of experience gained in biogas dissemination, and
2) new trends and the outlook for dissemination of biogas technology.

A poster exhibition documenting the work of the individual GTZ biogas projects will be shown at the workshop.

Altoghether, about 40 participants are expected to attend me workshop, from GTZ headquarters in Eschborn, from other organizations working on biogas technology, and from the Federal Ministry for Economy Cooperation (BMZ).

The results of the workshop will be reported in gate 1/91.