Arab-German Chamber of Commerce

  • About the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce

    The Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the competence center for businesses in Germany and the Arab world. It represents all Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. For 40 years the Chamber has been committed to promoting business relations between Arab countries and Germany and serves as the primary centre of expertise within the Arab-German business community. The Chamber was founded on 8th December, 1976 in Bonn and has been located in Berlin since 1st August, 2000.

     

    Board of Directors

    H.E. Ali M. Thunyan Al-Ghanim

    1st Vice President

    President, Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry

     

    Dr. Peter Ramsauer

    President, Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    H.E. Nael Al-Kabariti

    3rd Vice President

    Chairman Jordan Chamber of Commerce

     

    Mr. Yusef Ahmed

    Founding Partner & Managing Director, FIC Frankfurt International Consulting GmbH

     

    H.E. Kamal Hasan Ali

    Dep. Secretary General for Economic Affairs, League of Arab States

     

    Dr. Florian Amereller

    Founding Partner, Amereller Legal Consultants

     

    H.E. Ebrahim Mahmood A. Abdulla

    Embassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Doyen of the Arab Diplomatic Corps

     

     

    Mr. Heiko Ammermann

    Senior Partner- Head of Global Pratice Group Infrastructure, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

     

    H.E. Nor-Eddine Aouam

    Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

     

    Mr. Hans-Joachim Bliss

    Member of the Executive Board

    BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH

     

    H.E. Badreldin Abdalla Mohamed Ahmed Abdalla

    Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan

     

    Mr. Gerhard Brand

    Managing Partner AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

     

    H.E. Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Dr. Ralf Bufler

    Managing Director – Lahmeyer GKW Consult GmbH

     

    H.E. Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed

    Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

     

    Dr. Aimo Bülte

    CEO, Dornier Consulting GmbH

     

    H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani

    Chairman Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

     

    Dr. Walter Döring

    CEO, Döring-Consulting

     

    H.E. Saoud Mamoun Al Borier

    Chairman Sudanese Businessmen & Employers Federation

     

     

    Dr. José Campos Nave

    Managing Partner, Rödl & Partner

     

    Dr. Khalid Kleefekh Al Hajri

    Chairman and CEO Qatar Solar Technologies

     

    Mr. Jürgen Gerhards

    Group Representative Middle East and North Africa, Thyssen Krupp AG

     

    H.E. Abdulla Sultan Mohamed Al Owais

    Chairman Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

     

    Mr. Herbert Grünwald

    Owner, Grünwald Consulting

     

    H.E. Mohammed Thani Murshid Al Rumaithi

    Chairman Federation of United Arab Emirates Chambers of Commerce & Industry

     

    Dr. Elisabeth Hauschild

    Chief Representative, Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG

     

    H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Zamil

    Chairman Council of Saudi Chambers

     

    Mr. Olaf Hoffmann

    2nd Vice President

    CEO and President Dorsch Holding GmbH

     

    H.E. Jaafar Rasoul Al-Hamadani

    President Federation of Iraqi Chambers of Commerce

     

    Mr. Jürgen Hogrefe

    Chairman, h.c. hogrefe Consult

     

    H.E. Saeed Saleh Al-Kiyumi

    Chairman Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

     

    Dr. Michael Inacker

    CEO, WMP EuroCom AG

     

    Mr. Adel Abdelrahman Al-Mannai

    Board Member Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

     

    Dr. Gabi Kratochwil

    Managing Director, Cross Cultures

     

    H.E. Othman Mohamed Sharif Alryes

    First Vice Chairman Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry

     

    Mr. Florian Krueckl

    Managing Director BASF Middle East

     

    Eng. Suliman Saoud Al-Sayyari

    President & CEO Saudi German Development and Investment Company Limited (SAGECO)

     

    Mr. Hans Wolfgang Kunz

    Member of the Management Board and Group Executive Giesecke & Devrient GmbH

     

    H.E. Mohamed Laid Benamor

    Chairman Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

     

    Mr. Nizar Maarouf

    Vice Director, Vivantes International Medicine

    Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

     

    H.E. Hassane Berkani

    First Vice President Federation of Moroccan Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services

     

    Mr. Ulrich Meinecke

    Director, iMOVE- Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung

     

    H.E. Wided Bouchamaoui

    Chairman Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat

     

    Mr. Ralph Nitzgen

    Treasurer, General Manager, Commerzbank AG, Dubai

     

    Dr. Labib Daloub

    Representative General Union of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture in Libya, c/o.

    Owner of Horouge Engineering, Libya

     

    Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger

    Founder and Managing Partner, Pflüger International GmbH

     

    H.E. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh

    President Djibouti Chamber of Commerce

     

    Martin Hansen

    Director General, GIZ International Services

    H.E. Mohamed El-Masry

    Chairman Port Said Chambers of Commerce & Industry

     

    Dr. h.c. Otto Schily

    Managing Director and Shareholder German Consult GmbH

    Former Federal Minister

     

    Mr. Nabil R. Kuzbari

    Chairman Vimpex Handelsgesellschaft MBH

     

    Mr. Jan-Dirk Schuisdziara

    Senior Vice President Project Logistics, Oil & Gas, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG

     

    H.E. Mohamedou Ould Mohamad Mahmoud

    Chairman of Mauritania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

     

     

     

    Mr. Ralf Schuster

    Head of Banks Non-OECD Countries, Helaba – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

     

    Mr. Saeb Nahas

    President Nahas Enterprises Group

     

    Mr. Wolf R. Schwippert

    Attorney at Law Schwippert Law office

     

    H.E. Mohammed Abdu Saeed

    Chairman Federation of Yemeni Chambers of Commerce & Industry

     

    Mr. Dietmar Siersdorfer

    CEO Siemens LLC

     

    H.E. Mohamed Saleh

    President Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Agriculture in Sidon and South Lebanon

    Dr. Volker Treier

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Head of Division International/ AHK, DIHK

     

    Mr. Shaheen Ali Shaheen

    Acting Secretary General Union of Arab Chambers

     

    Mr. Paul van Son

    Country Chairman for MENA and Turkey, RWE AG

     

    Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi

    Secretary General

    Count Benedikt von Dürckheim-Montmartin

    CEO, Saxony Handelsgesellschaft mbH

     

    Vision & Mission

    Ghorfa pursues immediate ideological purposes. It promotes cooperation between the Arab countries and the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of trade, industry, finance and investment as well as international understanding. Through high-caliber events, delegation trips, intercultural seminars, informative publications and current reports from the Arab world and Germany, it creates the best possible conditions for German-Arab economic activities.

    Ghorfa advises and supports the establishment and development of cross-border business relationships in line with the special needs and wishes of small and medium-sized and large companies. To this end, it provides useful information, advises competently, creates new impetus and links the member companies among themselves. The core tasks of Ghorfa are therefore in the areas of networking, consulting, as well as information and knowledge transfer. Ghorfa is an industry-wide company.

     

    Activities & Services

    Personal contacts are the top priority in the Arab business world. Arab culture is a relationship-oriented culture, in which first personal learning is important. For this reason, Ghorfa organizes numerous high-caliber events, in which decision-makers and entrepreneurs from the Arab world meet German business partners and thus make contacts and cultivate contacts. Members benefit not only from reduced participant fees at events, but can actively participate in them. Thus many topics are picked up at the suggestion of the members of the board for the programs. Within the framework of the preparations or during the events, contacts are made between members and potential business partners.

    Conferences and contact exchanges

    The Arab-German Business Forum held annually in Berlin, organized by Ghorfa together with the General union of the Arab Chambers and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) since 1998, is today the most important German-Arab economic platform. More than 600 high-ranking decision-makers from the worlds of business and politics take part in the interdisciplinary event every year.

    Other German-Arab forums, such as the health, education, tourism or energy forum offers an excellent framework to talk about the possibilities of economic cooperation to find trading partners and conduct business opportunities in the way. In addition, numerous events take place with a special country focus or ad-hoc events with personalities from the Arab countries.

     

    Delegation and trade fairs

    Regular business travel is an important prerequisite for successful market closure. Participation in a delegation trip or event enables a first market observation or contact recordings to potential customers or important decision-makers and a presentation of their own products and services on the other market. For this reason, Ghorfa regularly organizes delegation trips across the sector or industry for business people from both sides and participates in trade fairs in the Arab countries and in Germany. Ghorfa supports companies organizationally with regard to their participation in the trade fair, for example, by communicating with the messeanstalter, submitting cost estimates,

     

    Intercultural seminars

    In order to be able to carry out business securely, effectively and successfully in the Arab world, not only specialist knowledge, but also well-founded cultural knowledge are indispensable. This concerns not only intercultural competence, but also the know-how about legal framework conditions, appropriate action strategies, contractual negotiations and conflict management. For this reason, Ghorfa organizes numerous seminars each year with experienced experts on the topics of law, business start-ups and intercultural communication.

    Publications

    Ghorfa initiates and promotes the publication of specialist books and reference works, which informs about the economy of all Arab states and about economic cooperation with the Federal Republic of Germany and makes these available to their members free of charge.

    • German-Arab economic magazine SOUQ (quarterly)
    • Business Directory (annually)
    • Country-specific economic manuals
    • Industry books
    • Newsletter (monthly)

     

    Initiatives

    Exclusive Services for Members

    Networking

    “Business is all about networking”

    The Ghorfa has proven to be an important and effective link between business partners from the Arab world and Germany. The Chamber actively promotes and strengthens business relationships built on trust and transparency among its member companies to establish member-to-member business and also to promote member services and products to a wider business community. With the help of its high-ranking network in Germany and the Arab world, the Ghorfa ensures quick access to political and economic decision-makers and enhances the cross-border activities of its members.

    Finding the Right Business Partners

    The Ghorfa supports its members in finding reputable business partners with equal interests and the same vision of a successful and beneficial partnership. Direct business contacts are encouraged through conferences and events, enabling business people to get in touch with reliable partners from the same industrial sector. The chamber also provides background information about potential business partners, projects and enterprises.

    Business Enquiries

    Individual enquiries regarding know-how or the supply of materials and equipment can be processed quickly thanks to the Ghorfa’s excellent database containing 15,000 relevant contacts sorted by branches. The Ghorfa provides advice and guidance through the multitude of offers and competing products and provides relevant background information. Due to numerous enquiries the Ghorfa can connect its members efficiently and can provide matchmaking at every level.

    General Assembly Meeting

    This annual meeting offers Arab and German members an excellent platform to exchange or establish business contacts. Members use the General Assembly to take an active role in designing the services of the Chamber and to discuss relevant matters and important issues concerning Arab-German business relations.

    Consulting

    “Taking the Right Decisions”

    Germany is known for its exceptionally diversified economy with a great variety of products and highly specialized enterprises. The Ghorfa helps its members to find their way through a multitude of competing services and products. The Ghorfa’s support, together with their comprehensive business intelligence and detailed information on market players and products, provides its members with a valuable information advantage over other market participants.

    The member companies of the Ghorfa are organized in sector-specific working groups that build up a dynamic network of professionals. Their know-how is always at disposal and ensures that projects are brought to a successful conclusion.

    In addition to this, the Ghorfa actively supports its members through the complex bureaucratic procedure of obtaining a German visa by procuring and processing invitation letters to facilitate business visits.

    Intercultural Consulting

    German business etiquette differs from Arab customs and habits. Different cultural backgrounds may interfere with the successful realization of projects. The competent multilingual Ghorfa team gives advice on intercultural issues and helps to understand how to deal with potential business partners. The Ghorfa team advises regarding cultural specifics and business practices such as negotiation processes with businesses, the importance of detailed contracts or judicial safeguards. The chamber also informs members on legal framework conditions in regard to taxes or commercial and investment law.

    Reference and Mediation

    With over 40 years of significant expertise, impeccable services and professional competence, the Ghorfa has established an excellent reputation built on a solid basis. Membership in the Ghorfa can therefore be used as a reliable reference point in the establishment of business contacts with potential partners. Membership stands for sustainable cooperation on an equal basis and represents a serious cross-border engagement.

    Furthermore, the Ghorfa can resolve disputes between Arab and German business clients by finding an alternative resolution through mediation and arbitration.

    Information

    “Knowledge is power”

    A constant flow of valuable information ensures that Ghorfa members are up-to-date on relevant economic and industrial development trends, growing markets, investment opportunities and legal issues. The Ghorfa provides its members with weekly updated information, monthly economic background reports, the quarterly published business magazine SOUQ and annually released publications on different sectors and countries. Being informed comprehensively and at an early date about new projects, trends and developments before others is an advantage enjoyed by Ghorfa members.

    Numerous publications also provide a valuable platform for member companies to both present themselves to a broad readership in Arab countries and in Germany and also to increase their standing within the Arab-German business community.

    Economic Report and Newsletter

    The monthly report in Arabic provides relevant information about current economic topics and developments in Germany. The monthly newsletter in German informs about economic developments in the Arab countries. Both publications cover a wide range of topics from basic information to in-depth analyses and provide Ghorfa’s members with exclusive firsthand information.

     

     

    Business magazine SOUQ

    Achieving a circulation of 12,000 copies, SOUQ attains a wide readership in Germany as well as in the Arab countries and reports on Arab-German business cooperation on a quarterly basis. The magazine is distributed to members of the Ghorfa, high-ranking enterprises engaged in Arab-German business relations, embassies, ministries, business organizations and other economic institutions in Arab countries and Germany. Due to a cooperation with Lufthansa AG, the magazine is read by numerous Business and First Class passengers on long and short-haul flights to the Arab world.

     

    Relationships Network

    Network

    Based on its invaluable heritage and its ambitious commitment, the Chamber has a powerful network consisting of both institutional and entrepreneurial decision-makers from Arab countries and from Germany. Under the umbrella of the Arab League and the Union of Arab Chambers, the Chamber operates and acts as the representative of all Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany. The Ghorfa works closely with the Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry, related governmental bodies and relevant business associations in the Arab states as well as with Arab embassies in Germany. It is part of the worldwide organization of Joint Arab-Foreign Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The Ghorfa cooperates with German governmental bodies on federal and regional levels and with German industrial associations. The close connections and effective collaborations with decision-makers and policy shapers enable the Chamber to deliver a broad portfolio of high-quality services to meet its members’ interests.

    Partnerships:

    • Union of Arab Chambers
    • The Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry
    • The Arab League and its related economic organizations
    • The Arab embassies in Germany
    • Related governmental institutions and relevant business industries and associations in the Arab world.

    Cooperation:

    • German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)
    • German Federal Foreign Office
    • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    • German Federal Ministry of Health (BGM)
    • Local governments of the German federal states
    • Association of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
    • Federation of German Industries (BDI)
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    • iMOVE – Competence for International Cooperation in Vocational Training and Education
    • Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM)
    • German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI)
    • Didacta – the Association of the German Education Industry
    • CAMP BECKENBAUER
    • Various associations for business and trade