Sequa gGmbH
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Starting in January 2017, sequa has been supporting GIZ in the implementation of a project to promote private sector development in disadvantaged regions of Serbia. The core of the project is to strengthen the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia in Belgrade, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive reform process. sequa, together with the Chamber, is developing services in the three main sectors of the project, which are

  • metal and mechanical engineering
  • sustainable agriculture as well as
  • information and communication technologies

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The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is one of the two winners of the German qualifying round for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, EEPA, and represents now Germany in the category “Internationalisation of the economic activities” for the international selection.

The initiative IPD convinced the expert committee of the Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi) as an initiative, which develops sustainably the international commercial cooperation and in addition, assists, in partner states, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to establish quality standards and promote commercial activities.

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Without claiming to present any general or prerogative explanation, it is still possible to state that most of the people living in developing countries deal with measurable low standards of living. To tackle this situation, there is only one sustainable and long-term solution which is creating future orientated workplaces and employment. According to the United Nations, until 2030 more than 600 million new jobs in developing and emerging countries need to be created. This is the only way to achieve the defined goals of the Agenda 2030.

From my point of view, especially successful companies are the ones which provide and maintain workplaces. One of repeated claims is to hold the private sector responsible so that development goals will be met. That sounds resolute but in fact does not correspond to reality: it is either one company commits itself by choice, because it sees any benefit – or there is no engagement at all.

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In March 2016 the German bio-pioneer Weiling GmbH launched a two-year-long project in Tunisia to support the local organic farming through training, technology transfer and the establishment of an association.

The project activities have aroused a great interest among the Tunisian farmers. More than 40 of them joined the association of organic farmers and already three of them have converted to organic farming since the project inception. These three farms cultivate and produce Demeter certified sun-dried tomatoes for the German market.

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Erasmus + (SINDBAD/TRANSDUAL) is a program for vocational students, trainees and apprentices. The program aim is to support vocational students, trainees and apprentices who intend to undertake practical and theoretical learning abroad (EU member states) especially for improving soft skills like mobility, flexibility, tolerance and capacity for teamwork.

I am an apprentice at the sequa and was recently able to complete a three-week study course in London at the European College of Business and Management (ECBM) via the Erasmus + program. During the lesson, I was taught in subjects such as business in the UK, laws and rights in the UK, or workplace communication.