Networking to Get Through the Crisis

The 400+ Mexican Manager Training Programme alumni are part of the reason that the German-Mexican trade relations are so successful. In September, 80 alumni took part in kicking off a series of digital events designed to help entrepreneurs do business with Germany during the current crisis. 

For the first session, titled “German-Mexican business challenges and opportunities
in times of Covid-19”, 80 Mexican MP graduates gathered in front of their screens to participate. The event was jointly organised by the GIZ and the Productive Development Unit (UDP) of the Mexican Ministry of Economic Affaires. In her presentation, UDP Chief Ana Bárbara Mungaray-Moctezuma provided information on current activities, projects and funding opportunities for Mexican enterprises during the Corona crisis. Andreas Müller, Deputy Managing Director of the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce CAMEXA, talked about the chamber’s work and gave a presentation on the current economic situation in Mexico and the impact of the Corona crisis from the perspective of local firms.

Organised by the German AHP International Training Centre, the overriding message of the virtual exchange was that the crisis presents opportunities to those enterprises which are flexible enough to adapt. German and Mexican entrepreneurs talked about new business ideas that emerged during the pandemic. Alumnus Adrian Mendoza reported that the stagnation of existing business contacts with Germany due to the Corona pandemic was his impetus for asking external cooperation partners for advice. Similarly, MP alumnus Jorge Solalinde joined an international group that has kept him in touch with alumni from Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, which has opened up additional cooperation opportunities for him to explore.

A survey during the kick-off revealed many Mexican alumni are extremely interested Industry 4.0 and digitalisation. Therefore, the next session in the series was “Industry 4.0 Check-Up” which was run on 23 October 2020. Participants learned from the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) about its Industry 4.0 check-up tool, which alumni can use to critically reflect on their own enterprise's state of automation. Additional seminars are currently being planned for 2021.

MP alumni enjoy support for their business activities long after the Programme has ended, in part through various alumni associations. Two alumni associations are currently active in Mexico: EMAAC (Empresarios México Alemanes) and the Mexican Forum for international Business. There is also an alumni platform available on the LinkedIn web-portal.