Furthering economic development cooperation


01 April 2014
H.E. Prof. Dr. med. Ossama bin Abdulmajed Ali Shobokshi himself informed the guests of the Salon Diplomatique Saudi-Arabia about the great plans of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, which seeks a thriving economic future, and about the role German companies can play in that process. More



19 March 2014
The EMA and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation came together to organize the Hamburg Cultural Discussion on Tunisia's and Egypt's new Constitutions. Diplomatic representatives, Mr. Mohamed Imed Torjemane, Consul of the Republic of Tunisia, and Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Ezzat Abdel Hakim, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt, shared their insights on the current political developments in their respective countries.  More

12 - 13 March 2014
The 4th Meeting of the German-Algeria Economic Commission in Algier took place under the supremacy of Mr. Stefan Kapfere, Secretary of state at the Ministry of Economy and Energy, and the Minister of Industry of Algeria. The EMA was actively engaged in organizing the delegation and networked with important political and economic decision-makers ahead of the Hamburg Economic Forum for Algeria.

3 March 2014
Jointly organised by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the EMA, and the high-ranking delegation from the Emirat Sharjah under the lead of H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), the "Germany-Sharjah Business Roundtable" was a great success. More

16 January 2014
On the occasion of the New Year’s Reception of EMA, the German Ambassador Mrs. Angelika Renate Storz-Chakarji informed a interested audience of partners, members and high-ranking representatives of German companies about the economic opportunities for German enterprises at the exquisite diplomatic club at the Outer Alster.  More

26  November 2013

A special highlight of the “2nd Maghreb Forum” was the signing of four conventions for a recessed German-Maghrebian Economic Cooperation: The Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), the Arab Maghreb Union of Economic Chambers (UCEMA), the Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (CONECT) and the Women in Business Committee-Tripoli (WiBCT). The close partnership with the local associations will particularly be a benefit the EMA members, by giving them valuable information and contacts in order to develop concrete projects. More

26  November 2013
Mr. Mohamed Ould Bilal, Minister of Infrastructure and Construction (former) and Member of the executive office of the Chamber of Commerce of Mauritania, attended the Forum as a close EMA partner and presented in his new function as the General Director of the electricity company of Mauritania (SOMELEC) the numerous opportunities for the German energy sector. Due to his numerous merits and the long-standing partnership with the EMA, Mr. Bilal was solemnly appointed as Honorary Member of the EMA. More

26 November 2013

During the "2nd Maghreb-Forum" at the Representation of the city of Hamburg in Berlin, famous Maghrebian delegations and representatives of the German economy could exchange very successful on specific potentials of cooperation. “Germany is an ideal partner for economic co-operation with the Maghreb and for the Maghrebian integration. Together with the EMA, we will develop deeper relations.” affirmed the General Secretary of the Union of the Maghreb, H.E. Habib Ben Yahia.  More

19 November 2013
On the occasion of World Toilet Day promoted by the United Nations on November 19, 2013, the Honorary President of the EMA, His Royal Highness Prince Hassan Bin Talal has once again proved its commitment to global awareness of hygiene and sanitation. More





11 November 2013
With an appeal to furthering business activities and fostering business relationships with Turkey, the highranking speakers of the "Hamburg Business Forum Turkey" convinced the approximately 80 representatives of business, trade and politics of the enormous potential of the growing investment location. More

November 6, 2013
Another step in preparation for the German-Djiboutian Economic Forum is done: The Roundtable on Djibouti titled "Djibouti - a winner of globalization" took place in the Bavarian Landtag in Munich. Interesting presentations on the economic opportunities in the country were given amongst others by Dr. Ismael Wais, economic advisor to the President of the Republic of Djibouti.

October 24, 2013
On the occasion of the 2nd German-Arab Women’s Network Forum, Mrs. Reem Asaad was appointed as Honorary Member of the EMA in recognition of her commitment to empowering women in the Arab world. In particular, her successful activism through the “Lingerie Campaign in Saudi Arabia” gave her a worldwide recognition and respect and led to to be named the world’s third most influential Arab in 2012. More

October 24, 2013
"Economic discrimination towards women is not only undemocratic but also economically shortsighted. Women are responsible for society’s performance and for this reason they are  important in order to overcome the challenges established by the Arab upheavals", with these words Federal Minister Westerwelle opened the 2nd German-Arab Women's Network Forum. More

September 30 - Oktober 2, 2013
As one of ca. 200 exhibitors, the EMA as an official partner of the Infra Oman, was presented with an exhibition booth by her member Jörg Weber. Amongst many new contacts and promising talks with future business partners, new members were won and the upcoming "2nd Hamburg Logistics Forum for the EMA Region", due to be held in April 2014, could be promoted. More

September 24, 201 3
Particularly in view of the upcoming German-Djiboutian Business Forum, planned to be held in the beginning of 2014, it was the EMA’s pleasure to welcome more than 45 representatives of the German economy as part of an information event (Salon Diplomatique) concerning the potential of Djibouti in the Anglo-German Club. At this time, the promising country is planning major investment projects and calls for proposals, which are of great interest to German investors. More

„The excellent network of the EMA provides the perfect platform for the urgent and dedicated action necessary” – concluded a participant of the successful German-Arab Environment Forum in the Amman Chamber of Commerce. Headed by the Honorary President of the EMA, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, and its president, Ms. Adelheid Sailer-Schuster, insightful workshops and lively discussions with more than 300 guests led to relevant results, newly established contacts and innovative projects. More


September 2, 2013
5 Years EMA Jubilee: The framework conditions in the EMA-region are undergoing a fundamental change. Against this backdrop, the jubilee celebration of the EMA was encouraging, as all speakers emphasized: in order to intensively accompany these processes of change, a strengthened commitment to the economic development of the region is necessary, exemplified by the EMA.

August 13, 2013
In preparation of the German-Djiboutian Business Forum in spring 2014, the EMA led the first German Delegation to the Republic of Djibouti. The participants met here with the Prime Minister H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and other personalities of the Djiboutian government and business. This was an important step for the initiation of a fruitful economic cooperation between Germany and Djibouti.

June 17, 2013
The successful 3rd Hamburg Business Forum Iraq revealed new perspectives and promising contacts for business activities in Iraq by interesting lectures and b2b talks to the more than 100 participants, amongst them an Iraqi delegation conducted by H.E. Mohammad Abdullah Zain, Deputy Minister of Industry in the Republic of Iraq. Please view the full report here.

In the course of his first offical visit to Germany, the major oft the Mauritanian city Zouerate, Mr. Yacoub Ould Salem Vall and a delegation met with the EMA on June 13th, 2013. The meeting built on the outstanding relations between Mauritania and the EMA and after the cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commcere of Nouakchott, a partnership agreement with the city of Zouerate was signed. The agreement includes mutual projects in the field of water and waste management, finances and gender equality.




June 10th, 2013
The Honorary President of the EMA, HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The Board advises the Secretary General and assists governments and international organizations in the achievement of the millennium development goals in the field of water and sanitation.

May 27, 2013
For the third time in a row the EMA brought German companies to Morocco. Purpose of the trip was to gain important information and contacts for the optimal development of their companies in the Kingdom. The delegation visited the regional chamber of commerce, investment centers and other economic hotspots in the four main cities Casablanca, Rabat, Kenitra and Tangiers. As a closure the delegation participated in the environment forum Eau Expo. More.




May 25, 2013
Funded by sequa GmbH, initiated by the EMA and in collaboration with the University of Rostock, EMA member Mülot Autotechnik has started a project for the retreading of tires in Morocco. This kick-off event brought together 50 important stakeholders from the ministries and economic sector, who took advantage of the launch to further deepen the integration. Several visits and bilateral talks laid the foundation for further cooperation. Read more on the sequa website.

May 10, 2013
As an introduction to the second great Hamburg Logistics Forum for the EMA region in April 2014, the EMA convened on 10 May for the first time the logistics advisory board in its premises, which will meet regularly, to define the concept and content of the forum. Thus the EMA established a unique organ of the international logistics with a focus on closer cooperation, intensive exchange and sustainable partnerships with the EMA region.

May 7, 2013

The EMA-management accompanied the state secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, to Tunis. Main focus of the trip were the role of the Ministry in the private sector and development cooperation, the employment issue and the importance of entrepreneurs for sustainable development. An interview with state secretary Beerfeltz can be found in the upcoming EMA-Newsletter!





February 19, 2013
With the event „Am Puls der Zeit“ EMA brought together top German and Arab association leaders for a Business Speed Dating: Subsequent to the opening speech of the Tunisian consul, Mohamed Imed Torjemane, covering the current political situation in Tunisia, about 50 participants were given the opportunity to exchange with high-ranking guests on the subjects of economical, political and scientific cooperation.


February 10, 2013
As part of the extensive preparations concerning the upcoming Environment Forum for the EMA Region in Jordan, Dr. Abdelmajid Layadi, General Secretary of the EMA, together with Hermann J. Zoder, Gatcon GmbH and Vice President of the EMA, were invited for a private audience with H.R.H. Prince Hassan bin Talal, honorary president of the EMA, in which he announced his patronage and support of the German-Arab Forum. Dr. Layadi then consulted with H.E. Nayef Hmeide Al-Fayez, Jordan’s Minister of Environment.

February 10, 2013
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Amman Chamer of Commerce, Dr. Abdelmajid Layadi, General Secretary of the EMA, together with Hermann J. Zoder, Gatcon GmbH and Vice President of the EMA, traveled to Amman on invitation of Senator Riad Saifi, Member of the EMA’s advisory board. He attended the festivities under the patronage of H.R.M. King Abdullah II and was invited to an exclusive reception with Jordan’s Prime Minister, H.E. Abdullah Ensour.

January 17, 2013
A new year begins with exciting new developments – it is with deep gratitude that the EMA bids longstanding president Prof. Dr. Siedentopf farewell who regrets to resign his post. As of today, Mrs. Adelheid Sailer-Schuster, President of the Regional Office Northern Germany of the German Federal Bank will represent the EMA as the new president.

January 16, 2013
A new location for the EMA! As of today, our association is centrally located on the 4th floor of the historical building at Deichstr. 19, 20459 Hamburg. Just after the great fire in 1842, the building was constructed for an old-established trader of Hamburg. Its façade belongs to the most beautiful of the preserved buildings newly constructed after the fire. Apart from our changed location, we are of course available via the same contact data and with our usual services! More





January 15, 2013
With a presentation by the Tunisian Ambassador, H.E. Elyes Ghariani, the German-Arab Mentoring Project was officially launched today on the occasion of the EMA New Year's Reception. The project is implemented by the EMA in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth and the Federal Foreign Office. Find out more on the online platform ouissal.org!

November 19, 2012
In the Arab World, Germany is perceived as a „reliable and strong partner“, said H.E. Dr. M. Higazy, Ambassador of the Republic of Egypt in Berlin. Building on this positive image, the EMA brought together almost 200 decision makers for the 1st Forum for the Mashriq and Gulf Region. Taking place on the 19th and 20th November 2012 in the Federal Foreign Office, it aimed at improving Germany’s Foreign Trade Relations. More

November 19, 2012
High-ranking addition to the EMA Advisory Board! In the framework of the 1st EMA Forum for the Mashriq & Gulf Region on Nov 19th, His Excellency Senator Riad Saifi was ceremoniously elected as an Advisory Board member.

November 19, 2012
The EMA held their 4th General Assembly in the historic Europa-Saal of the German Federal Foreign Office. In this framework, important decisions for the future activities of the EMA were made: By unanimous decision, the members agreed to change the EMA’s charter in order to emphasize the wish for a stronger involvement of members of Arab diplomatic services.

October 9, 2012
In the framework of the German-Tunisian partnership, the first governmental consultations at the secretary of state-level took place on September 12th 2012 to deepen the cooperation between the two countries. Initialized by the EMA and fostered by the Federal Foreign Office, the German-Arab mentoring-project was addressed and particuarly appreciated by all ministries, according to a speaker of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ): Together with the BMFSFJ, the economic and societal participation of women shall be strengthened and German-Tunisian cooperation further developed.




September 17, 2012
An international event such as the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region not only builds upon existing partnerships, for example with the Arab Water Council or the water association ACUWA; furthermore it offers an excellent opportunity to create new partnerships - best exemplified by the Memorandum of Understanding signed by EMA and the Chambre de Commerce d'Industrie et d'Agriculture de Mauritanie during the Forum. Under the umbrella of economic development cooperation, both organizations are now working on deeper and enhanced economic and societal ties between Germany and Mauretania.



September 12, 2012
"My attendance allows me to be optimistic about the future“, is how the Jordanian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, H. E. Mohammed Al Najjar, summed up the 2nd Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region. The event, under the patronage of Mr. Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for the Environment, and HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, brought together about 250 high-ranking representatives from the economy, science and politics in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The discussion centered around the water challenges the Arab region faces.



August 29, 2012
On August 29, the EMA celebrated its fourth birthday. First, the EMA's Executive and Advisory Board members met on a floating restaurant on the Binnenalster to discuss the EMA's current projects, the program for 2013 and the big EMA members survey. After that, a members dinner not only gave the guests the opportunity to enjoy food and a wonderful panoramic view, but also to talk about the EMA's future projects and how to get involved.

June 2, 2012
Discover our brand new English newsletter – Ouissal! Keep yourself informed about new developments in the realm of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and what the EMA is planning next. We have also updated our German-language publication Mediterranes. On a regular basis, our magazine will feature interesting articles about environmental issues, renewable energies, logistics & infrastructure, business development as well as reports on civil society and culture. So do not forget to sign up for and read Ouissal.

May 29, 2012
Following an invitation issued by Honorary President HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, an EMA-delegation visited  the 4th WANA Forum in Amman. Several hundred representatives, local initiatives, scientists and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss this year’s topic “Identity”. During the exclusive Advisory Board meeting which preceded the conference, the Prince and his confidants analyzed the regional situation in the wake of the Arab Spring and formulated joint initiatives to further sustainable growth.

May 2, 2012
Project finance and the foreign engagement of small- and medium-sized German entreprises – those were the main topics of “wirtschaft.entwickelt.global” ("business.develops.globally" in English). The event took place on the 2nd of May under the patronage of both Minister Dirk Niebel and Saxony’s  Secretary of Commerce Sven Morlok.  In an enlightening presentation, Dr. Kerstin Hartsch, member of EMA’s board of management, offered insight into her projects in Morocco (© Oheimb).


April 13, 2012
"Defining the Role of Ethics in International Markets: Arab and European Values": This intriguing headline offered ample opportunity for constructive discussions between renowned experts and a highly interested audience. An idea that especially fascinated the audience was the creation of a global standard for ethics in business.

April 13, 2012
"The healthcare sector plays a central role in German-Arab cooperation”, underlined EMA’s Secretary General Dr. Abdelmajid Layadi during his speech upon invitation of Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Hamburg’s Senator for Healthcare and Consumer Protection. Besides cooperating with the Service Centre in the Gulf, he also stressed the importance of expanding cooperation towards Libya and the whole of Northern Africa.

April12, 2012
Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, founder and chairwoman of the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), was awarded honorary EMA-membership in recognition of her outstanding work. The title was given to her in the framework of a reception in Hamburg’s town hall, hosted by Hamburg’s Senator for Justice and Equality, Jana Schiedek. Mrs. Al Kaylani announced comprehensive cooperation between EMA and the AIWF.


March 21, 2012
Almost a year ago, the uprising in Syria began – and as of yet there is no end of the violence in sight. On the occasion of this bitter anniversary, the painter and EMA-member Tarek Marestani dealt with the events in his home country. The “Homage to the martyrs of the Syrian revolution” (oil on canvas, 200x180cm) emotionally emphasizes the dramatic situation in Syria. The EMA also calls for an end of the violence and advocates lasting change in the region in the interest of the people.

February 12 - 16, 2012
„The Second German-Morrocan Business Week was a success for the EMA and a benefit to all who took part in it”, raved a participant in subsequence to the event. Read more