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New GTZ General Manager
Business Year Just Ended Satisfactory for GTZ
According to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the GTZ, State Secretary Dr. Siegfried Lengl, speaking at the company's annual press conference in Bonn, 1986 was altogether a satisfactory business year for the GTZ. The proceeds from turnover were 8.7 per cent up on the previous year, at DM 1.2 thousand million marks. Receipts from government agencies were 4.6 per cent above those of the previous year, at approx. DM 1,000 million. And the volume of orders increased by 16.7 per cent to DM 1.4 thousand million.
Once again, Africa was the focal point of the GTZ's work. In 1986, 44 per cent of receipts from government sources were allocated to this continent. On 31 December 1986,45 per cent of all GTZ field staff members were working there.
Of the receipts for Africa, amounting to DM 462 million, a total of DM 252 million was earmarked for agriculture, rural development and health services. Science and technology and training and business profited to the tune of DM 76 million, while DM 130 million went to help finance regional planning, infrastructural development and public services.
Twenty-nine per cent of the funds approved went to Asia, 14 per cent to Latin America, and 13 per cent were allocated to supra-regional and European projects.
Successful cooperation with China
As far as individual countries are concerned, Peru was top of the league last year, with DM 34.8 million, followed by Turkey with DM 32.9 million and Kenya with 31.6 million. In fifth place was China. As State Secretary Lengl pointed out, "China is continuing its policy of opening up its economy. Within the context of this economic policy our development measures have been extraordinarily successful. This is also reflected in the amount of work we have. In 1986 China received the largest share of new funds approved for Technical Cooperation. The GTZ is meanwhile managing 37 projects in China. The emphasis in these projects is on training, transfer of modern technology and modern management techniques, and the development of agriculture and industry. "
Higher demands made on experts
State Secretary Lengl added that criteria were changing as regards the knowledge and experience expected of GTZ field staff. Mere technical know-how in limited areas was no longer enough. The emphasis was increasingly on the social and organizational components of the work. To am increasing extent, solutions to problems had to be integrated and approached as processes. All this was taking place in a wider overall context. In future it would be important to assist developing countries with different types of Technical Cooperation, in their planning and above all in the implementation of overall and sectoral programmes for structural adaptation. "Reforms can and will release new stimuli to development of entrepreneurial initiatives and to self help in the population."
In this connection Dr. Lengl pointed out that Technical Cooperation at all levels was very important, both in formulating boundary conditions as well as in promoting practical approaches adopted a private enterprise and self-help basis. In this connection Herr Lengl mentioned cooperation with the private sector in Germany, where the total value of contracts concluded with consulting firms and institutions had increased by a further 8.4 per cent as compared to 1985, to DM 328 million. Altogether, 78.1 per cent of this business had gone to private German consulting firms.
GTZ to be reorganized
The Chairman of the Supervisory Board also mentioned the impending reorganization of the GTZ. The principal points were
• the most suitable and most economical organization of the company's structure and allocation of project management work as efficiently as possible;
• the suitability, appropriate use and organization of means of quality assurance and control; and
• improvement of the efficiency and economy in operation of the GTZ outside the sphere of project management and structural and procedural organization.
A study covering all these points has meanwhile been completed by a firm of management consultants. To date, no decisions have been taken concerning the reorganization of the GTZ. However, Herr Lengl pointed out that the consultants had recommended that the GTZ be organized more on a regional basis, with a simultaneous enlargement of the specialist component in a "pool of specialists". This pool should be responsible in particular for the planning, specialist support and verification, and the further development of Technical Cooperation projects with new ideas.
These measures should ensure that the GTZ would also be better prepared to meet future requirements in the field of Technical Cooperation.
New GTZ General Manager
On 1 July 1987 Diplom-Kaufmann Gerold Dieke succeeded Dr. Hartmut Hoeppel as Managing Director of the Deutsche GesellschaH fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH.
Gerold Dieke was born in Oldenburg on 22 June 1943. He studied business economics and law in
Saarbrucken and Hamburg, complementing this by eight months of field research in Latin America and several periods of practical training with energy supply companies and the central bank of a Federal German state. After graduating in business studies in Hamburg, he started work in the family textile business (owing to the death of his father), prior to undertaking research into workers' economic cooperation in Argentina in 1969/70. After this research, financed by a grant from the Stiftung Volkswagenwerk (Volkswagen Foundation), he worked as an academic expert for development bank finance at the Institut fur Iberoamerikakunde (institute for Hispanic-American Studies) in Hamburg. From 1972 to 1977 Herr Dieke was Assistent at the Institut fur Genossenschaftswesen (Institute for Cooperative Systems) of the University of Munster, where, among other things, he was responsible for setting up partnerships with Latin American universities. At the same time he frequently underlook consulting work for several German and international development organizations and authored numerous publications on development policy, also in English and Spanish.
From 1977 onwards, Herr Dieke was first manager of the Latin American section of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (Friedrich Naumann Foundation), and subsequently manager of that foundation's department for fundamental issues, the North-South Dialogue, and its projects in Latin America.
In 1983 he moved to the Federal Central Office of the FDP (Liberal Democratic Party), where he was in charge of the Policy Department and the Office for International Relations until his appointment as GTZ General Manager.