Executives from Egypt and Tunisia at the Intersolar

18 executives from Egypt and Tunisia visited Germany for a fourweek training programme. True to the motto ‘Fit for Partnership with Germany’, they wanted to start off with training on cooperation with German partners and especially to learn about current technologies for utilising renewable energy.

Aachen / Munich. The MP with a focus on renewable energy (RE) was jointly organised by the GIZ partners trAIDe and International Academy of the Aachen University (RWTH ). In addition to seminars on business culture for dealings with German partners, it includes visits to manufacturers of solar, wind and biogas power plants. The Programme participants are given the opportunity to talk with representatives of German companies from the RE industry.
These are just the technology providers that the Renewable Energies Export Initiative of the BMWi supports; the office of the Export Initiative is responsible for coordination. The Export Initiative also promoted the training of this group and was involved in the planning and preparation – in line with the orientation towards the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region).

Only a few days after their arrival in Germany, the participants visited Intersolar Europe in Munich, the world’s largest specialist trade fair. Approximately 1,100 exhibitors from 48 countries presented their products and services along the entire value creation chain of the solar power sector. This provided an ideal opportunity for the Programme participants to gain an overview of the market and speak with exhibitors – on the basis of their respective actual plans.
The time at the trade fair Intersolar included a visit to the export forum of the RE Export Initiative, which provided information on future markets for technology providers, e.g. Canada, the USA, France, Tunisia and Egypt. While preparing this visit, BMWi, the office of the Export Initiative and GIZ soon agreed that an MP participant should inform the German companies at the export forum about the Tunisian market.

In the opinion of Sofiane Khallel, Managing Director of Shams Energy Access, ‘the Tunisian on-grid market for small photovoltaic systems is developing rapidly and offers opportunities for cooperation with German companies. After its start in 2010, systems with a total capacity of four megawatts were installed already in 2013. The total capacity of the projects should double to eight megawatts for the current year.’

Rashad Hassan, Project Manager of Sun Infinite Energy in Egypt, finds the timing ideal for a RE industry programme in 2014 within the scope of the MP: ‘Interest is there, demand is growing in the market and legal framework conditions are being prepared at the political level. And the situation will become even more dynamic when the government subsidies of electricity prices, which have curbed investments in own photovoltaic systems so far, are reduced by the end of the year.’ All in all, 129 appointments for talks had been planned for the two days at the trade fair.