Nowadays, EMA countries are facing many complex challenges. Demographic change, water scarcity, rapid urbanization and congested cities are just some of the most pressing issues that require concrete solutions. The current visionary political conditions in the region offer unique opportunities for innovations from the private sector. Thanks to its large, dynamic market and its geostrategic position, the region plays an important role in the transition towards sustainable development. That's why the EMA is delighted to invite you to The 3rd German-Arab Environment & Energy Forum
Bold visions and concrete measures shaped the impression of the German-Moroccan Business Forum. The Moroccan delegation, consisting of roughly 50 representatives of associations and governments gave a rousing presentation of the opportunities for cooperation with Morocco and presented examples of success. With particular interest, the participants followed the presentation of the special initiative "Training and Employment" for Morocco of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
As part of the German-Arab Women's Forum, the EMA brought together, for the fourth time, women (and men) from Germany and the Arab world. In several panels, participants discussed German and Arab perspectives on the situation of women in business, society and politics. This year, the Forum was inaugurated by Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, HE. Sheikha Hend Bint Al Qassemi Faisal, owner and publisher of Velvet Magazine and organizer of the International Week of Fashion in Dubai, as well as EMA President Gabriele Groneberg, Former Member of the German Bundestag.
On June 21, 2018 the EMA attended the concert „Between Tunis and Vienna“ at the concert hall Laeiszhalle, in Hamburg. Remarkable words by Christian Wullf, former Federal President of Germany and Honorary President of EMA, highlighted the beauty of music as a universal language that crosses borders and can be understood by everyone: „Be curious! Don´t be afraid of the unknown!“ With these words he invited us all to overcome prejudices towards other cultures and embrace an open-minded spirit.
Globalization and digitization - both trends hold great opportunities and enfold big potentials, along with being connected with issues like data security and jobs. This was also emphasized by Christian Wulff, former German Federal President and Honorary President of the EMA, at the 2nd German-Arab Digital Forum. The event was hosted by the EMA, the EZ Scout Program, the AWE and the CEBIT on June 11, 2018 in Hanover as part of the take-off Mondays at the CEBIT fair.
Ouissal, EMA’s female entrepreneur mentoring program, is now at halftime for the 2017/18 tandems. The participants from Germany met on May, 15 in Berlin to draw a first conclusion: What does the collaboration between them and the participants from Morocco and Tunisia mean in practical terms? What experiences, questions and wishes have arisen during the project phase in recent months? How can everyone learn and benefit from each other? The informal reunion offered the opportunity to refresh connections and to foster networking in local groups.
As the co-organizer of CYFY Africa 2018, EMA has a strong network of information and communication technology companies in North Africa. EMA Board Member Katharina Jahrling and General Secretary Clara Gruitrooy were in Tanger, bringing deep insights into the economic significance of digital transformation for Africa - from cybercrime to artificial intelligence - back to Germany. Find out more about this topic at the 2nd German-Arab Digital Forum on June 11, 2018 at the CEBIT in Hannover.
"We´re living responsibility" - and starting from the beginning. In 2018, along with its 10th anniversary, the EMA also celebrates ten years of economic cooperation with the Mediterranean and Middle East region. A ceremony will take place on 27th August 2018, in Berlin, with its members, partners and friends from the business world, politics and society. More information will follow shortly.
What are the market and business opportunities offered by the digitalization in North Africa and the Middle East region? Which digital solutions could close supply gaps? And how does the expansion of the IT sector strengthen employment opportunities in the Arab countries? You can discuss these and other questions with high-ranking decision-makers from the economy at the 2nd German-Arab Digital Forum at the CEBIT in Hannover, Germany, on the Take-off-Monday, June 11, 2018.
Manifold and dynamic: This perfectly describes North Africa as key and procurement market. Thanks to its geographical proximity to Europe, North Africa is of particular importance for German SME and provides a unique bridge to a continent full of growth potential. To encourage the dialogue about this region and its potential for seminal sectors like the food industry, chemistry, technology and automotive the EMA hosts the Economic Forum North Africa on February 6th at IHK Berlin.