GESALO News - January 2017

From the Editor-in-Chief




Oliver Oehms
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce
for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen


Dear readers,

the first month of the year turned out to be a lively one. We have had GESALO led delegations visiting the BAU 2017 fair in Munich and the Green Week in Berlin.

Furthermore, we have  been organizing a Saudi Arabian ministry of health delegation to Munich and Ulm and have participated in a Euro-Mediterranean-Arab-Association (EMA) business delegation to Jeddah and the Eastern province which was led by former German president H.E. Christian Wulff. It was an effective demonstration of the continuing and prosperous partnership between Germany and Saudi Arabia.

The coming month will continue to brim with activity and of course, we are already intensively preparing our events for the immediate future. GESALO will be visited by a high ranking Delegation by the Federal Academy for Security Policy. The delegation is travelling the Gulf region and has scheduled a final stop in Riyadh before returning to Berlin. We are very much looking forward to an interesting discussion round.

On February 9 we are hosting our 2nd meeting of the German Vision Realization Committee. We aim to identify more points of collaboration and consolidate our support of the Vision 2030.

I will also travel to Germany for a series of in-house consultations visiting our partners, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHKs) in Karlsruhe, Nuremberg and Brunswick.

Please view the events section on our webpage in case you wish to take part in any of these gatherings, either in Germany or here in the Gulf region.

Have a good start to the new month!

With best regards from Riyadh,

Oliver Oehms
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen




Upcoming Events in Germany with GESALO Participation

Our partners the German Chambers of Commerce (IHKs) are regularly hosting events on Saudi Arabia’s economic developments, market potentials and the “Vision 2030”. The IHKs also offer in-house consultations for businessmen interested in a Saudi Arabian market entry. The GESALO delegate Oliver Oehms usually attends these events in person, presents facts and figures on the matter and answers individual questions and inquiries. These events will be primarily held in German.

Consultations day Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jemen, IHK Karlsruhe (22.02.2017)

In-house consultations IHK Nuremberg (23.02.2017)

Consultations day Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jemen, IHK Brunswick ( (24.02.2017)


Germany's trade surplus

Germany's trade balance has reached an estimated record breaking 297 bn dollar in 2016 and replaced China (245 bn.) as number one worldwide. This new data adds momentum to the discussion in Europe that such a trade surplus is displacing production of other European countries with high unemployment rates that struggle to perform. Germany, of course, also profits greatly from a weak Euro that allows to sell high quality products to relatively cheap prices.  Can we criticize a country for it's economic performance?
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New Saudi Custom Tarrifs

Saudi Arabia's government has recently decided to raise the customs duty rates applied to 193 products, from 5% up to 25%. The decision has been implemented by lifting the subsidies on a wide range of products. These increases can be understood as part of KSA efforts to boost non-oil revenue and reach fiscal balance by 2020.
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GESALO Trade Fairs  

We are working hard to ensure a large Saudi Arabian company representation at various trade fairs in Germany. Visitors and fair participants are provided with customized programs and services to maximize success. If you are interested in attending one of the listed fairs, please contact our department for trade fairs.



Enforce Tac
- International Exhibition & Conference, Law Enforcement, Security and Tactical Solutions


IWA Outdoor Classic
- The world's leading trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, equipment for outdoor activities and for civilian and official security applications


ITB Berlin - The world’s leading travel trade show


Embedded world, Exhibition &
- Leading international fair for embedded systems


- Global event for digital business           


Wasser Berlin International
- Germany’s specialized, international marketing platform for water


GESALO Medical Assistance

We are also providing services to facilitate medical treatment of Saudi Arabian citizens in Germany - We can help to ensure the optimal, customized treatment for your requirements and needs. If you have any question regarding our medical assistance package, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Saudi Water & Environment Forum 2017

February 12 -14

Al-Faisaliah Hotel - Riyadh


AHK World Business Outlook

Results of the Survey by the Network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs)





Vision 2030 - Implications for the German-Saudi Business Relations


  • Results of GESALO Survey 2016

  • Exclusive interview with the German Ambassador H.E. Dieter Haller

  • GESALO expert meetings, trade fairs, and more



GESALO Calendar of Events

Furthermore, we are organizing or taking part in a great variety of events in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

GESALO Media Kit 2016

We proudly presents our new Media Kit including interesting promotion packages!

GESALO Publications



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