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.
Oman has more to offer than a fairy tale story from 1001 Nights. The strengthening of the German-Omani partnership was also discussed during the meeting between H.E. Lyutha Al-Mughairy and the EMA. For example, in September, the EMA will participate in the MENA Innovation Forum in Muscat, dedicated to digitalization and the digital transformation of education, among other things.
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!
In cooperation with the Afrika-Verein, the EMA and the German Business Center (GBC) Casablanca are organizing a business delegation to Morocco for German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from January 27-31, 2020 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). It is a project-related funding measure and as such part of the export initiative “Civil Security Technologies and Services”, which is implemented within the framework of the BMWi SME Market Development Program.
“Algeria is and will remain an important market,” emphasized H.E. Nor Eddine Aouam, Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria, during his inaugural visit to the new EMA capital office. Demand for visas has increased recently and Algeria’s interest in bilateral exchange remains high. The conversation with EMA Secretary General Clara Gruitrooy focused, among other things, on investments by German carmakers and job creation in the largest country in Africa, but also on cross-industry joint activities between the EMA and the Embassy.
In addition to the existing branch office in Hamburg, the EMA has moved into its new headquarters in the heart of Germany’s capital Berlin and is therefore able to enhance its collaboration with politics, embassies, partner associations, and the media. Thanks to this new location, the dedicated EMA team can make its efforts at promoting economic cooperation in the EMA region even more effective. You can find the new address of our office within the updated imprint (in German). Picture: bsuppan | Flickr.com | https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
North Africa is in the focus of German-Arab cooperation. In Alexandria, Egypt's Mediterranean metropolis, Jens Kutscher, Head of Research & Communication at the EMA, met with representatives of the Egyptian cotton and textile industry to learn more about the environmentally friendly cultivation of cotton and sustainable supply chains. The potential for joint activities in this sector that is responsible for around a quarter of Egypt's industrial production is high.
"Five million young people are to be supported and new jobs created by 2022". Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser announced ambitious goals for the opening of the Global Forum for Education in Geneva on the occasion of Silatech's tenth anniversary. The EMA was also represented there alongside numerous other organisations such as the UN and the EU, as well as civil society institutions. Silatech is an International social development nonprofit non-governmental organization, from Qatar, that supports the education and employment of young people all over the world.
In 2019, Jordan and Germany will celebrate 60 years of cooperation in the fields of water (Jordan is the second poorest country in the world), education, employment, environmental protection, energy, and waste management. The 3rd German-Arab Environment & Energy Forum, held in Amman & Aqaba from the 23 to the 26 of February 2019, was a great occasion for German and Jordanian investors to find cooperation partners.
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.