East Africa: Exciting Business Opportunities in Natural Resources

At a CEMEREM Workshop. © TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Sustainable economic and scientific relations with East Africa were the focus of a Saxony-wide conference held on March 12 at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, where members of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK) were in attendance.

Since April 2016, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW) have been involved in projects in Kenya. 

Teilnehmer Workshop CEMEREMTogether with Kenya's Taita Taveta University and supported by both the German Foreign Office and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Centre of Excellence in Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM) has been established as a top-class research centre. At CEMEREM, students are educated in bachelor, master and doctoral courses in the fields of mining and environmental sciences. “Kenya is rich in natural resources. Furthermore, the potential for renewable energies is also very high. In order to utilize these opportunities economically, having well-trained young scientists in Kenya is very important,” explained Prof. Jan C. Bongaerts, Professor of Environmental & Resource Management at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and organizer of the conference. 

The conference offered companies in Saxony many opportunities to network in and form lasting contacts with African countries. Similarly, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya is a crucial point of contact for German companies wishing to gain a foothold in East Africa. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Chemnitz supports companies in its district in their endeavors to establish economic partnerships that focus on Africa. The Saxony Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen – WFS) also assists companies in Saxony on a wide range of projects and activities to develop markets abroad.

The Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture (SMUL) traditionally represents the State Government of Saxony at a number of forums at federal level, and in particular on the Advisory Board of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the DSE Foundation. Together with the WFS, the SMUL carries out a range of measures each year to support companies in economic cooperation with emerging and developing economies.  

CEMEREMThe organizers of the conference “Sustainable Partnerships with East Africa – Science and Business in Cooperation” included TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the Saxon State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture, HTW Dresden, the Chemnitz Chamber of Industry and Commerce, WFS in Dresden and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya.

For further information, please visit: http://tu-freiberg.de/tagung-ostafrika

Contact: Prof. Jan C. Bongaerts, Tel +49 (0) 3731 39 3018