The objective of the ExperTS Programme is to promote sustainable business practices around the world and to create better conditions under which companies can become involved in development policy activities in partner countries.
Tailormade expertise at the AHK: The ExperTS Programme
An expert for development cooperation working at a German Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK)? What at first sounds like an unlikely approach has already proven to be very efficient for many years.
In around 30 countries, ExperTS advise local, German and European companies on development policy issues in the following four priority areas:
- ExperTS help to advance the sustainable development: Of the local economy by promoting export industry and innovation.
- Energy and environment: ExperTS support climate change mitigation and protection of the environment through technology and knowledge transfer.
- Vocational education and training: ExperTS develop solutions for vocational education and training of skilled personnel in cooperation with the private sector.
- Digitalisation and start-ups: ExperTS connect start-ups and their digital innovations with partners from the private and public sector.
The objective of the ExperTS Programme is to promote sustainable business practices around the world and to create better conditions under which companies can become involved in development policy activities in partner countries. As local contacts, ExperTS support small and medium-sized enterprises in particular in tapping into new markets and setting up innovative cooperation arrangements, as well as in ensuring that their involvement brings benefits for all sides. In this way, the programme, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), works at the intersection between development cooperation and foreign trade promotion, thus creating the basis for local sustainable development.
As ‘Integrated Experts’, the specialists of the ExperTS Programme are placed by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). They are employed by the local AHKs, and receive a salary subsidy from the ExperTS Programme. The programme is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) and the Delegations of German Industry and Commerce.
Since 2011, ExperTS have been helping achieve the following results:
- Around 25,700 individuals have benefited from technical, vocational and advanced training, giving them better access to the labour market.
- More than 13,000 individuals have found jobs.
- More than 9,000 individuals have improved their working conditions and 10.0000 people have increased their income.
- Training energy managers has cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 2.5 million tonnes.
Your ExperTS at Kenya and Tanzania
Thilo Vogeler heads the Delegation's Competence Center Energy and Environment with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental technologies. Dr. Jennifer Schwarz runs the Delegation's Regional Office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
With considerable market and stakeholder overview, quality consulting and hands-on services the Competence Center Energy and Environment is on the one hand the compass for German companies and institutions targeting the promising East African markets for sustainable technologies. On the other hand it provides a joint function for East African enterprises in their connection to Germany. The Competence Center Energy and Environment focuses on research and publication of detailed market studies, subsector analysis; contact to and overview of relevant stakeholders in the private, public, and institutional sphere; sensitizing the target markets including match-making, workshops and trainings, etc. and support in acquiring adequate public and private project funding opportunities.
The Regional Office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania focuses on conducting demand-driven research in various areas, such as education and training, logistics and infrastructure and others; advising companies on market opportunities that help to strengthen the local economy; Collecting and sharing information on support mechanisms available for companies investing in Tanzania; as well as Advocacy and establishing links to the public, private and non-profit sector in both countries.