GESALO News - Feburary 2017

From the Editor-in-Chief




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



Dear readers,

an interesting and fast paced February has already flown by. On the 9th we have hosted the German Vision Realization Committee at our GESALO premises. In an intense discussion round with Mr. Imad Al Abdul Qader from SAGIA many important issues were raised and answered. I would like to express my thanks to all involved.

Furthermore, in course of a high-ranking visit by a delegation of the Federal Academy for Security Policy, GESALO provided the delegates with economic insights. In close cooperation with the German Embassy and special representatives of the German industry in Saudi Arabia a fruitful, productive as well as enjoyable event took place.  

On February 14, GESALO representatives attended the 1st Energy Day between the European Union and the International Energy Forum. European and Saudi Arabian strategies concerning cooperation in energy efficiency and security related issues were on the agenda revealing great potential for investment for German companies. We will be following these market developments closely.

Towards the end of the month, GESALO organized a press conference promoting the EMO, the world leading trade fair in a truly Germany-specific topic: industrial metal processing and related tool-making. We are very much looking forward to taking a Saudi delegation to the fair in September. Expressions of interests are very welcome!

Of course in March I will be travelling to Germany, and I am particularly excited to visit the AHK Global Economics Conference in Berlin. Furthermore, I will be attending Germany’s premier IT fair, the CeBIT, the global event for digital business.

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 into 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 or one of his deputies usually attend these events in person, present facts and figures on the matter and answers individual questions and inquiries. These events will be primarily held in German.

AHK Global Economics Conference, DIHK Berlin, 16. 03. 2017

Foodforum GCC Countries, IHK Hannover, 28.03.2017


The Saudi Arabian Privatization Program

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to privatize parts of its state owned companies and authorities are increasing in pace. As for the first time, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of Economy and Planning has published a comprehensive list with entities also including projects that are to be transferred into private ownership. The initiative also known as the “Private Sector Participation Program” was introduced on the 30.01.2017 and its implications and opportunities for national and international investors explained.

16 state agencies in particular have been chosen to be privatized partly or in full. These encompass mainly authorities within the sectors of education, municipal affairs, healthcare, Labor and social development and Transport. Among the biggest to be privatized companies are the SEC, SWCC, and the SWC from the utility sector as well as Saudia Airlines, the Saudi Railway Organization or the Saudi Ports Authority from transportation.

Furthermore, another 85 public-private partnership (PPP) projects within the sectors of 17 ministries and authorities have been announced for the near future.

Finally, the Ministry of Economy and Planning have presented a range of private sector participation (PSP) initiatives that are in the development stage. This variety of projects for instance includes among others the housing sector (construction on government lands), waste management, education and vocational training.

For further Information click here or visit the Websites of the Ministry of Economy and Planning.


German Catalogue Show in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain 2017

Riyadh 20.04., Manama 30.04., Dammam 02.05., Tabuk 15.05. & Jeddah 16.05.2017

After the great successes of recent years, GESALO is looking forward to organize the catalog show exhibition in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for the thirteenth time in a row. Prominent German companies will present their products and services to a selected Saudi Arabian and Bahraini audience.The catalog exhibition enjoys a high reputation in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and draws great media attention. 

For further information, please contact Ms. Shaden Altoukhi, +966-920005863 ext. 140

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.



HANNOVER MESSE - The world's leading trade fair for industrial technology


BUS2BUS - Future venue for the growing bus travel industry



conhIT - Connecting Healthcare IT


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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"Digitising Manufacturing in the G20 – Initiatives,
Best Practices and Policy Approaches", Berlin

15.03 - 17.03. 2017



"2nd Logistics Conference", Manama / Bahrain

26.04 -27.04. 2017



"CeBIT", Hanover

20.3 -24.03. 2017


"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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