Today at its Parliamentary New Year's Reception in the German Bundestag in Berlin, the EMA signed an MoU with the Tunisian investment agencies TIA and FIPA, which moves the active exchange between German and Tunisian companies to a new level. This year, several events and activities are already planned from which German companies can directly benefit with their engagement in Tunisia.
The EMA was represented at the third partner meeting of the Africa Business Network (ABN). The ABN office has just recently become operative and is tasked with coordinating inquiries from companies interested in foreign trade promotion or development cooperation in Africa. The pilot project "The Healthcare Economy in Morocco" has already started with the participation of the EMA, which, together with the ABN, will be happy to advise companies on their North African endeavors.
The President of the EMA, Gabriele Groneberg, MP (ret.), and EMA Secretary-General, Clara Gruitrooy, met with the Chairman of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of the German Industry (NMI), Ralf Wintergerst, CEO of Giesecke+Devrient, and NMI Coordinator Benjamin Godel. They exchanged views on future cooperation between the two institutions to create further synergies. NMI activities focus on expanding business with Arab countries.
The EMA in cooperation with the VDFI (Verband der Deutschen Daunen- und Federnindustrie e.V.) is conducting a business delegation to Egypt for "Organic Cotton and Home Textiles" from February 14-18, 2020. We invite you to participate in the meetings planned with official institutions, organic cotton experts, farmers, traders, spinning and weaving companies, and also cotton sourcing specialists.
This fruitful meeting took place in the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin where the EMA discussed its upcoming projects in Egypt. H.E. shared with EMA Secretary General Clara Gruitrooy his valuable insights into strengthening the German-Egyptian partnership and appreciated the work of the EMA in the region. The EMA is eagerly looking forward to the continued successful collaboration with the esteemed embassy.
On November 25, the EMA will shed light on the issues of digitization and digital transformation in the Mediterranean and Middle East region as part of the Internet Governance Forum initiated by the UN in Berlin. We cordially invite you to inform yourself about developments in the IT sector in the Arab world, to share your experience with other participants, and to establish relationships with business partners.
In cooperation with the German-African Business Association, the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association EMA e.V., the German Business Center (GBC) in Casablanca, and the College of Health Sciences (ESSS) in Casablanca are organizing a business delegation to Morocco for German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi) from March 2-6, 2020. This is a project-related funding measure within the framework of the BMWi market development program for SMEs.
Success is the word best describing the 1st Mediterranean Summit. Organized on the 28th of August 2019 by EMA and its partners (AWE, ASCAME & Commerzbank), the Summit provided a platform of exchange of ideas and experiences between Mediterranean representatives from Algeria, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Malta and Egypt, etc. and their counterparts. A clear & global vision connected the speakers and the participants of this high-standing event for a stronger Euro-Mediterranean relationship.
On August 28, 2019, the annual General Assembly of the EMA will take place in Berlin followed directly by the 1st Mediterranean Summit, an attractive opportunity for its members. The event is expected to attract more than 100 diplomats, CEOs, and other private-sector and civil society representatives providing up-to-date project and funding information in North Africa. Mark your calendar!
The significant improvement in the security situation in Iraq, coupled with a positive business climate, was one of the main topics discussed during the visit of the commercial attaché of the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin, Mr. Mohammed Rashid Al-Azzawi, at the EMA office. It became clear that progress in stabilizing domestic security increasingly encouraged German companies to invest in Iraq and strengthened the German-Iraqi partnership.