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PRESS CONFERENCE ON KATAR on 14th of June at the 15th German-Arab Business Forum

We the Ghorfa are happy to invite you to our

at the
15th German-Arab Business Forum
14th of June 2012 at 10.30h
Salon Bellevue
at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin.

Qatar is this year's guest of honor of the 15th German-Arab Business Forum. The country is considered one of the most interesting markets in the Arab world. Its economy grew by 18.8 percent in 2011. And the Qatari government has ambitious plans to continue. The already in 2008 published, "Qatar National Vision 2030" aims to create a bases of a highly advanced society for the benefit of their population. Besides the construction of a public transport on the latest technological level many more infrastructure improvements are planned. Mid-April 2012 the active project budget in Qatar was at 224 billion U.S.-Dollars. Major German companies are already active in the country; many more opportunities for German investments are still there to be taken.

But also as an investor in Germany, Qatar is very active. Just recently, for example, the country invested in Siemens AG while purchasing more than 3 percent of the shares of the enterprise. A commitment to the Wolfsburg-based carmaker Volkswagen is running successfully since 2009. Qatar holds now about 17 percent of the voting shares of the car company. The country is also involved in the sports car maker Porsche and the construction company Hochtief, it holds about 10 percent in stocks in each case. Also Qatar is acting within the field of cooperation in Germany. The solar energy company Solar Technologies Qatar, for example, is a joint venture between the German SolarWorld AG, the Qatar Foundation and Qatar Development Bank.

At this press conference during the German-Arab Economic Forum are to participate:
• Dr. Thomas Bach, President of Ghorfa,
• H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparancy Authority of the State of Qatar,
• H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammad Al-Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
• Dr. Khalid Al-Hajri, Chairman & CEO at Qatar Solar Technologies,
• and Mr. Mansoor Al Mahmoud, CEO at Qatar Development Bank.

The press conference will be held in English and Arabic. A translator will be present .

The German-Arab Economic Forum is the most important bilateral economic platform between Germany and the Arab world. This year the Forum focuses on infrastructure and construction, logistics and trade, environment and water management, energy and financial services. As in previous years, the theme of "Women in the Arab business world," plays a special role.

Additionally new topics such as food security, retailing and the role of small and medium enterprises in the German-Arab cooperation shall stimulate to talk.

More than 600 leaders from business, politics and science are expected to attend the forum. High-profile speakers will discuss the status and future of German-Arab economic relations. A number of high-level Arab delegates have already announced their participation.

Please find the detailled program attached.
Please register by Monday, 11 June 2012 as press. The accreditation form is also located attached to the mail.

We will gladly arrange interviews or support you to get in touch with the people from the Arab politics and economy as well as the present German and Arab companies.

Visit also our website for the forum:

Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ghorfa has been working successfully for almost 40 years to promote economic relations between Germany and the Arab world. Through high-quality events, cultural seminars, informative publications and the latest reports from Germany and the Arab world creates Ghorfa a framework in which ideas are realized and entrepreneurs together are able to advance projects. Ghorfa is the only legitimate representative of the Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany and fully integrated into the global organization of Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The Presidents of the Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as the Arab ambassadors in Germany also belong to the Bureau of Ghorfa. With this network, the Ghorfa supports their members from Germany and the Arab world to develop and expand their business activities in the Arab market and in Germany.

Each year the Ghorfa organizes a number of industry-specific forums such as to tourism, education, energy and health. The highlight is the annual German-Arab Economic Forum, which will take place this year at 13th to 15th of June in its 15th year.

Julia Hähnel
Koordination PR
Coordination of media relations
Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Garnisonkirchplatz 1
D-10178 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30-27 89 07-0
Mobil: 0170-2776426
Fax: +49-30-27 89 07-49

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