From 24 until 27 of October 2005 SGC was hosting a business delegation from Germany focusing on the solar energy industry. Highlight and kick-off for the delegation program was the 2nd Renewable Energies Symposium on 24 of October. Within the scope of the business delegation SGC also arranged for appointments with government officials followed by B2B meetings between Singaporean and German company representatives (25-27 Oct.).
Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor (BMWA), the project was jointly organized by the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the German Agency for Energy (Dena) and the SGC.
The project was part of the support program “Exportinitiative Erneuerbare Energien” of the BMWA and also required the submission of an elaborate market analysis.
Members of the delegation included acknowledged experts in the solar industry Mr Werner B Koldehoff and Mr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Mr Berthold Breid of Dena as well as representatives of the following companies: L-DCS Technology GmbH, Q-Cells AG, Solar-Fabrik AG, RWE Schott Solar GmbH, Sunset Energietechnik GmbH and Rosendahl Energietechnik GmbH & Co.KG.
The Renewable Energies Symposium was a great success, doubling the number of participants of the first conference in November 2004. More than 200 participants attended to hear the opening speech of the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yacoob Ibrahim, and to listen to the presentations of the companies’ representatives and experts on the latest technologies and German experience. Prior to the actual symposium the delegation and speakers had the opportunity to meet with Dr Ibrahim to discuss the future role of solar energy in Singapore.
The SGC Sub-Committee for Environmental Engineering took an active role in the symposium with a speech by Chairman Mr Hess and a presentation by Dr Wittkopf, considering the Singaporean perspective on the use of solar energy as did Mr Goh Chee Kiong of EDB in his contribution.
After the symposium the participants had the opportunity to network at the reception, jointly hosted by the German Embassy and the SGC.
For the following days the SGC had arranged for group meetings with the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) as well as more than thirty individual appointments for the German company representatives. In accordance with the specifications of the support program all individual meetings took place on the premises of the local companies, each delegation member being accompanied by SGC staff.
The SGC has received very positive feedback from the German delegation members on the symposium and the business matching.
In the issue of October 25 2005 The Straits Times reported on the symposium and the German government’s solar roof project in Singapore, which was also announced during the conference.
Within the scope of the Renewable Energies Symposium, the business matching and the market analysis, the T&E Department corresponded with Dena and DIHK. In Singapore the preparations for the symposium and the business matching included correspondence with speakers, the German Embassy as well as Singapore-based companies from the solar industry and related fields. SGC coordinated with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the German Embassy for the morning sequence.
For the purpose of informing about the delegation’s visit and establishing contacts with company representatives and government officials, the T&E Department was present at various events and seminars related to the industry.
Numerous meetings with representatives of Singaporean statutory boards including EDB, NEA, BCA and EMA took place in preparation for the appointments and the symposium. In accordance with the specifications of the support program, the T&E Department established a close coordination with the visiting German company representatives at the earliest stage in order to assure a high quality of contacts, matching the requirements of each delegation member.
For the accomplishment of the numerous tasks related to the project, the T&E Department received extensive support from each team member, especially from the Membership, Events and Publications Department and the Executive Director.
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