An international symposium slated this September is expected to showcase political, economic, and cultural co-operation between Qatar and Germany, according to the German Industry & Commerce Office Qatar (AHK).
On September 9, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will host a hybrid (physical and virtual) ‘International Symposium 2021’ in Berlin. The event carries the theme ‘Developing Digital Technologies from a Political, Technical, and Intercultural Perspective’.
“International co-operation has a high priority for BMWi therefore, it supports a number of bilateral and multinational co-operation projects with selected partner countries in Europe and internationally. During the event, selected international co-operation will be showcased, one of them being Qatar,” AHK representative Kathrin Lemke told Gulf Times yesterday.
Lemke explained that the international symposium offers German and international stakeholders from industry, research, and politics a platform for networking, professional exchange, and further development of transnational co-operation.
“High-level impulse speeches and panel discussions will provide comprehensive insights and foster further discussions. In addition, there will be numerous opportunities for networking on-site, as well as digitally,” she said.
Lemke said, “The event is by invitation only and it will take place on September 9, 2021, at the Forum Digital Technologies, Salzufer 6/ Entrance: Otto-Dibelius-Street, 10587 Berlin. Registration is at
Also, Lemke recalled that on the sidelines of the Joint Economic Commission in February 2019, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and BMWi have declared their intention to sign an MoU to co-operate in the field of the development of digital technologies, digital innovation, and entrepreneurship by exchanging information, ideas, and create joint initiatives and projects.
The groundwork for this co-operation had been laid during Germany’s first participation at the Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom) in 2017 and during a follow-up delegation visit to Qatar led by the Smart Data Forum, an initiative of the BMWi in February 2018 where a joint workshop between the Tasmu project team at MoTC and the German delegation was held. The workshop discussed both government’s digital technology programmes, strategies, and applications, Lemke further explained.
“The signing of the MoU had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 health crisis, but we are hoping to regain momentum during the international symposium and to pick up where we started before the pandemic,” Lemke added.