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the EMA strengthens its relationship with Algeria

During the two-day Business Forum Algeria the EMA welcomed more than 150 Algerian entrepreneurs and decisionmakers to Hamburg. Together with their German counterparts the delegates debated about current topics, such as renewable energies, infrastructure and logistics, as well as the stimulation of the economy and employment. (click 'Read more' for the French report)


His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal met with His Holiness Pope Francis

Honorary President of the EMA, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal met with His Holiness Pope Francis discussing during a meeting at the Vatican the need for nations to come together for a common cause in the name of human dignity. His Holiness and HRH also spoke about the growing number of people that have been displaced from their homes in recent months.


Christian Wulff elected President of the EMA

The former German Federal President Christian Wulff was elected unanimously as President of the EMA during the General Assembly. “An organization that is engaged so extensively and on an equal footing for concrete projects with the Arab countries, deserves every measure of support”, said Wulff.


EMA cooperation with German Academic Exchange Service

Science meets Business - The EMA is pleased to be actively engaged in the University-Business-Partnership-Programme between Hamburg University, Cairo University and the ESSEC Tunis for a stronger interaction between higher education institutions and enterprises to bring about a transfer of knowledge, thus being able to better satisfy the requirements and developments of the job market in the future.


Modernization and market development

„We are ready … are you?“ – these were the final words of the speech of H. E. Badreldin Abdalla Mohamed, the ambassador-designate of the Republic of Sudan in Germany. The speech touched upon the topics of the economic situation and investment opportunities in Sudan within the framework of a Salon Diplomatique, as it was the ambassador’s first public appearance in Germany. 


Business-Lunch und informative event about Ajman Free Zone (UAE)

Together with H.E. Mahmoud Khalil Al Hashemi, General Manager of the Ajman Free Zone Authority, the EMA was able to inform about business and investment opportunities for German entrepreneurs in the Ajman Free Zone of the United Arab Emirates within the framework of an informative event with a subsequent Business Lunch.


4th Business Forum Iraq

„My country needs a huge technology transfer and educational expertise and has the possibility to learn from German enterprises“, stated H.E. Dr. Alkhateeb, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Germany, at the 4th Business Forum Iraq in Nuremberg. The attendant entrepreneurs of both regions were convinced that much idle potential can be used in future.


EMA at the IFAT

On the world's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materialsmanagement IFAT in Munic,the EMAas official partner was present with a joint wxhibition booth, thereby benefiting from the high visitors rate of all sectors and used the opportunity to promote the upcoming "German-Arab Water Forum 2014" as well as to win future business partners and members.


Change of the official name of the EMA

Within the develoment of the EMA, the Board decided on basis of a Member's agreement to change the official name of the EMA.


Salon Diplomatique Saudi Arabia

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.


Hamburg Cultural Discussion: New Constitutions in North Africa

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. 


4th Meeting of the German-Algeria Economic Commission in Algier

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.


Germany-Sharjah Business Roundtable

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.


New Year's Reception and Salon Diplomatique Qatar

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


2nd Maghreb-Forum

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.


Mohamed Ould Bilal awarded as Honorary Member of the EMA

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.


Furthering the German-Maghrebian Economic Cooperation

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.