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Newsletter | May 2019

GESALO Business & Event News

Dear Partners and Friends,
At the end of a busy month of April, we are looking forward to the Holy Month of Ramadan which is about to start.

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial goods, marked the month of April. I had the pleasure to lead two delegations of Saudi officials and business representatives to Hanover.
This year the popular Trade Fair welcomed more than 215,000 business guests in the capital city of Lower Saxony.
At Hannover Messe, GESALO organized, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP), a dedicated workshop on bilateral industrial cooperation.

Another April highlight was the 17th edition of our German Breakfast, this time in Jeddah and Riyadh. A fantastic crowd of 350 business people gathered in both cities.Several great projects implemented by German firms in Saudi Arabia were presented, including:
  • High-speed trains (DB Consulting & Engineering)
  • high-tech pumps (WILO)
  • state-of-the-art pharmaceuticals (Bayer)
  • award-winning German aviation services (Lufthansa)
  • value-adding German machinery technologies in the Kingdom (Coperion)
  • world’s leading provider of products & systems for intra-company material
    flows & waste engineering (SSI Schaefer)
  • managing Global MRO complexity & operational supply chain support (V-Line)
  • industrial engineering (ThyssenKrupp)
We also hosted the Aleradah Association which showcased their impressive art work created by talented people with disabilities.

The GESALO Team wishes you and your family a blessed and peaceful month of Ramadan. We will soon be sending out our invitations for this year´s business Iftar on May 15th and hope to welcome you there.

With best regards from Riyadh,
Oliver Oehms
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen

Solar Workshop in cooperation with Asharqia Chamber

Ms. Dech, Head of the Economic Department/German Embassy, Ms. Pasvantis, Director GCC GTAI-Germany Trade & Invest, Mr. Oehms, GESALO´s Delegate, H.E. German Ambassador Mr. Ranau received by Asharqia´s Board Members.

Germany keen to develop Saudi renewable energy industry

Germany has much to offer to Saudi Arabia in the development of its renewable energy. This was the view expressed by Mr. Jörg Ranau, German Ambassador to the Kingdom, at a renewable energy workshop at Asharqia Chamber.

Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Suhaimi, Board Member of Asharqia Chamber, in his inaugural speech, said that Saudi government has seriously focused on the development of the renewable energy, taking the total generation to over 44GW by 2032.

Mr. Oliver Oehms, Delegate of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO), Ms. Katrin Pasvantis, Director of the German Trade & Investment (GTAI), Mr. Quentin Blommaert, DEinternational Consultant and Mr. Hossam Al-Shafi, Consulting Engineer of the company Fichtner Saudi Arabia were, among others, present at the workshop.

Mr. Ranau gave an outline of 30 years’ energy transition in Germany from the conventional to the renewable sources saying that currently renewable energy share in Germany has reached around 118GW, out of the total 207GW produced. He said that Germany in its pursuit of a clean energy for a better environment is to phase out all kinds of coal plants by 2035 and nuclear plants by 2022 for safety reasons.

The German ambassador stressed the importance of energy security and reliability of energy with the exponential growth in the area of renewable energy in Germany.

Mr. Quentin Blommaert, a DEinternational Consultant disclosed that Saudi Arabia has re-set an increased target of generating renewable energy at 58.7GW by 2030. He presented a paper under the title “Saudi Arabia's Energy Transition - Evolving Energy Narrative with German Support.”

Mr. Al-Suhaimi mentioned that many large-scale solar energy projects are coming up in the Kingdom. The first 300 Megawatt Sakaka renewable energy project under the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative has already been inaugurated.
SoftBank has announced a plan to invest in the world’s biggest solar power project in Saudi Arabia, he said.

For further information please contact: Mr. Quentin Blommaert

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          Saudi, Kuwati and Bahraini BAUMA Delegation accompanied by Mr. Asif Ansari
Taking place every third year, the 2019 edition of the trade fair BAUMA, the world´s most important trade fair for the construction-machinery industry, was anew a real success. The organizers were proud to announce that this year´s edition broke different records: 620.000 visitors were welcomed by 3700 exhibitors from 63 countries.

Mr. Asif Ansari, Senior Trade Fair Officer at GESALO, had the pleasure to accompany this April a group of Saudi, Bahraini and Kuwaiti companies at BAUMA. It was the third time already for Mr. Ansari to join the world´s leading trade fair for the construction-machinery industry.
According to the organizers of the trade fair, the edition 2019 saw massive interest from the Kingdom with a total of 1400 tickets sold to Saudi visitors. Additionally, next to the large presence of Saudi visitors, Saudi exhibitors have also started presenting their portfolio of products and services at BAUMA, a very positive development GESALO is happy to support.

Based on the very positive feedbacks received from the Saudi, Bahraini and Kuwaiti companies joining BAUMA 2019, GESALO is already gearing up for the next BAUMA edition set to take place from 4th until 10th April 2022!

More information on Trade Fairs

German Breakfast 2019

          Mr. Oliver Oehms welcoming the participants of this years German Breakfast
In the name of GESALO, the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs, we would like to warmly thank all our guests and business partners for their participation at our the 2019 edition of the German Breakfast in Jeddah and Riyadh.
It was a plain success and your contribution was greatly appreciated.

Should you request receiving some pictures of the German Breakfast edition 2019, please feel free to contact Ms. Layla Shoil

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Upcoming Events

02.05.2019 | Riyadh
Business Circle @ SAGIA
06.05-10.05.2019 | Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Gera, Nürnberg
MENA Roadshow 2019
15.05.2019 | Riyadh
Gesalo Business Iftar 2019
25.05.2019 | Berlin / Germany
22nd Arab-German Business Forum
All Events

GESALO Gold Partners 2019

Saudi German Startup Competition 2019!

Are you a high-tech startup in the market testing phase and working
on one of followingindustrial tracks:
IoT or Healthcare?

Then apply now and get the chance to participate in the international roadshow
Start.Up! Germany 2019! ​

Organized by GESALO the best applicants will pitch in front of an expert jury members from
top German, Saudi and Bahraini institutions on July 9, 2019 in Jeddah!

Deadline for the application is May 23, 2019.

An high-ranked jury will select the best startups, which are going to participate in a fully-covered one-week guided startup tour in Germany from September 25 to October 1, 2019.

More details on our website.

Trade fairs

04. - 05. June

The only trade fair for automotive engineers focusing on the car body process chain he Automotive Engineering Expo is a knowledge and education platform for expert engineers from the automotive and supplier industry.

Decision-makers, planners and developers as well as designers and technicians meet here for a focused exchange on all aspects of body engineering, body painting and final assembly. Well-known companies and movers in the industry will present the latest innovations, products and services for the entire process chain - from concept to final assembly.

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04 - 07. June

Transport logistic is the world's leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management. The global industry meets at this top platform every two years in Munich.

Heading for new successes: being the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management, in 2019 transport logistic will again offer tremendous opportunities and possibilities. The figures also prove this: having attracted more than 2,100 exhibitors and over 60,000 visitors, the last edition already chalked up new records.

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Iman Staab
PR & Communications Manager

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