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In the context of two delegation visits, Hessen’s Minister of Economics Tarek Al-Wazir and State Secretary Mathias Samson open new overseas offices in Argentina and in Singapore.
“We want to support and guide companies from Hessen with expanding their business relations in Singapore, as well as across the ASEAN region,” emphasizes Hessen’s Minister of Economics, Tarek Al-Wazir, during a visit to Singapore with a 60-member delegation. “And, of course, we also want to encourage Singaporean companies to enter into cooperation with enterprises in Hessen. Through our new representative office at the German Chamber of Foreign Trade at the German Center Singapore, we have now created the structural preconditions needed to achieve this. With our first contact person for the representative office, Julian Doelfs, we have found someone who possesses profound knowledge about Hessen-Asian economic relations,” adds Al-Wazir.
Julian Doelfs has been actively involved in Singapore since 2013, first in the sales office for a German industrial manufacturer and, since 2016, as a consultant for AHK (German Chambers of Commerce Abroad) Singapore. In this role, he serves as an advisor for German companies (especially SMEs) in relation to the business climate in Singapore, market opportunities for specific products, import regulations and company start-ups.
The task of the representative office will be to support companies from Hessen on their path to Singapore as well as to provide Singaporean companies with an interest in Germany information about the advantages of working with business partners in Hessen. In the future, for example, networking events on topics such as digitalization and logistics will be offered. With the new “Hessen Round Table” in Singapore, there will also be additional opportunities for representatives from Hessen’s business community to meet with Singaporean entrepreneurs.
For companies from Hessen looking for more information about business potentials in South America or specifically seeking to establish a presence in the region, they now have an official contact partner from the Hessen state government available in Buenos Aires. At a welcome reception in the Argentine capital organized by Hessen’s Ministry of Economics and the German embassy, State Secretary Mathias Samson introduced Federico Thielemann, the new correspondent for Hessen business promotion and development. “We are very glad that Federico Thielemann has accepted this new role. In him, we have found an experienced expert in German-Argentine economic relations for Hessen,” notes Samson.
Thielemann was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. He attended the Goethe School in the Argentine capital and went on to study business management at the University of Buenos Aires. After gaining some initial professional experience at Germany Trade & Invest, Thielemann took up a position at the German-Argentine Chamber of Industry and Commerce, where he entered the department for foreign trade, environment, renewable energies and innovation. Since 2012, Thielemann has been the deputy chief executive officer of the German Foreign Trade Office in Argentina. He will fulfill his new role as correspondent alongside his professional functions.
With the aim of improving the mutual exchange of information, the new representative offices will initiate a newsletter and further publications. Another area of engagement will include participation at trade fairs in Argentina and in Singapore.
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