Central Asia Economic Conference Shows the Significance of the Manager Training Programme

Berlin. The 4th Central Asia Economic Conference was held at the House of German Business (Haus der deutschen Wirtschaft) in Berlin on 22 and 23 April under the motto “Germany and Central Asia – progress through cooperation”. High-ranking representatives of the five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Mongolia met with more than 300 German representatives from business, politics and society in the light-filled building on the Spree River.

At the opening, Dr Philipp Rösler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, stressed the significance Central Asia has for the Germany economy. He expressly emphasised the (in his opinion) right approach of the Manager Training Programme, i.e. to train Central Asian executives from the middle and upper management levels in Germany and bring them together with German companies. He said that this promoted the establishment and expansion of specific business contacts in a well-aimed and sustainable way. Dr Christoph Beier, Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), confirmed the positive role of the Manager Training Programme. He remarked that with the Programme GIZ had a very effective instrument for creating economic relationships from which both sides benefit.

On the second day of the conference, there was an intensive exchange of information and experiences in the various working groups on agriculture, healthcare, raw materials and energy management. Here the conference participants repeatedly mentioned the Manager Training Programme. After all, it is from these particular sectors that the Central Asian and Mongolian executives are invited to Germany for training in international, sector-specific groups and, in the course of it, conclude business agreements amounting to millions with German companies. A Central Asian group was invited to Germany for the first time in 2012 within the scope of the Partnership on Raw Materials with Kazakhstan. This year, the Manager Training Programme is accompanying the Renewable Energies Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) with groups from Central Asia and the Russian Federation.

Issue 1-2013 of the journal “Fit for Partnership with Germany” with the focus on the health sector was met with great interest at the conference, particularly from the participants in the working group “Current Business Potential and Challenges for German Healthcare Management Companies”.