The German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce in cooperation with the IHK Potsdam organized an Egyptian Business Delegation to the Green Ventures International Partnership Forum which was held parallel to the Terratec and Enertec Exhibitions from the 28.1.– 30.1.2013.
The Green Ventures (GV) Forum has been held for the 16th time now in Germany and is considered Germany’s largest partnership forum for environmental and energy technology companies.
The delegation included 5 Egyptian companies which are: Detac, El Mahmoudia General Contracting and Real Estate Investments, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), Midwater and Union Seven for Modern Construction and Supplies. The companies are active in different sectors such as construction, water and waste water treatment and environmental affairs. The common point for these companies was their interest in energy and environmental technologies, solid waste recycling and renewable energies. All of which were represented by companies from different parts of the world at the Green Ventures Forum.
On the 28th January – the evening of Arrival - the delegation headed to the evening reception of the Terratec and enertec exhibitions which was held at the Leipzig Fairground. The opening speech was held by Mr. Sven Morlok, Deputy Prime Minister and Saxon State Minster for Economics, Labor and Transport and the audience was composed of the exhibitors of both exhibitions as well as the participants of the GV Forum. The Participants of the Panel discussion on Efficiency in Handling of Energy and Resources were Mr. Sven Morlok, Dr. Anke Tuschek – Member of the General Executive Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, Mr. Josef Pellmeyer – President of the German Biogas Association and Mr. Hrvoje Dokoza, the Deputy Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia which represented the partner country of Terratec and enertec 2013. The reception that was held afterwards gave an excellent opportunity to the participants of the Egyptian delegation to start networking and break the ice.
On the coming morning the delegation headed once again to the Leipzig Fair Ground to attend the Green Ventures Partnership Forum. The Partnership Forum was located in the midst of the Terratec and enertec exhibitions which gave the participants a first quick glimpse at the exhibitions.
After registering and receiving their name badges and most updated meeting schedules the companies headed to their meeting tables to arrange themselves for the first meeting. At exactly 10 am the GV Forum was officially opened by Dr. Fritz Jaeckel, Saxon State Secretary of Environment and Agriculture as well as Dr. Victor Stimming, President of the Potsdam Chamber of Industry and Commerce who announced that this year a total of 200 companies from 40 different countries were participating in the
forum. At 10.30 am sharp the meetings started. In the next hours the companies met with their counterparts that they had carefully chosen by reading their profiles online on the events website. Some were also able to schedule new meetings onsite for companies that registered late or on-site. The local organizers were always very friendly and helpful in every possible way. In between the meetings the participants were also able to have a closer look at the terratec and enertec exhibitions.
The Terratec exhibition is considered one of the leading environment trade fairs in Germany. It covers a broad range of fields like Water/Wastewater, Waste/Recycling, Soil Conservation and Air Pollution Control. TerraTec has established itself as the industry platform for forward-looking wastewater solutions. This year attention was placed on decentralized infrastructure solutions for industry, municipalities and private customers and operational services for the municipal sector. Enertec, which was held in parallel to Terratec, is an international Trade Fair for Energy Generation, Distribution and Storage, showcases efficient and effective technologies and innovative services for the close-to-load generation, distribution and storage of energy.
enertec focused this year on decentralized technologies of renewable energies and combined heat and power generation and presented intelligent solutions for the integration of decentralized energy systems.
The visit of these exhibitions was considered by the participants as a very important part of their trip as they were able to directly see the various machinery and equipment used in their line of business while being able to discuss with the company representatives face to face the possible business opportunities.
On the 30th of January the participants were divided into to 2 groups: one part revisited the exhibitions while the rest travelled to Berlin to attend the 1st German-Egyptian Joint Economic Commission that was held at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the occasion of President’s Morsy’s visit to Germany. It was attended by H.E. Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Trade, H.E. Osama Saleh, Minister of Investment and H.E. Hesham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism as well as a large Egyptian and German Business Delegation. This event was organized by the Egyptian Business Development Association (EBDA), the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The opening of the Joint Commission was addressed by H.E. State Secretary Anne Ruth Herkes as well as the Egyptian Ministers giving an overview on the current German-Egyptian relations as well as the possibilities of future cooperations. Dr. Rainer Herret, CEO of GACIC, highlighted the possible sectors for German-Egyptian SME cooperation. Last but not least Mr. Roland Roth, CEO of RKW, projected the success story of RKW Egypt, a German company that started in Egypt in 2010. After this array of presentations on Egypt’s business and investment opportunities, the audience was divided into 4 groups according to their interest in the 4 workshops that were offered: Infrastructure, Industry, Tourism and Services. These workshops gave the audience a platform to discuss success stories as well as problems that German companies faced after the Egyptian revolution. The closing was addressed by H.E. Philipp Roessler, the Minister of Economics and Technology who stressed in his speech on the importance of democracy, human rights and particularly women rights and the freedom of religion in Egypt. President Morsy then held his closing speech.
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