Program 2017-04-07T14:18:14+00:00

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

13.00 hRegistration and Networking Lunch
14.00 h Opening Ceremony​
 15.00 hSession 1
Just like many other services in Germany, medical healthcare has become an international business. Around 250,000 foreign patients come to Germany each year and generate revenues of about 1.2 Bn. Euro. One of the fastest growing destinations is Berlin. The number of foreigners coming to Berlin to seek medical treatment in the Charité, Vivantes, Helios and other clinics has increased considerably in the last few years. In around 80 hospitals more than 10,000 international patients receive state-of-the-art medical treatment every year. Therefore, Berlin can be seen as a blueprint for international medical destinations, which can also be found in the Arab world.Who are the new emerging players in Berlin’s medical sector and how can greater regional integration and cross-border cooperation help stimulate international health services? This Session will cover the experiences of Berlin as a medical destination.

 16.30 h Networking Break
 17.00 hSession 2
Arab countries are expanding their medical infrastructure at a high level due to an increasing demand for healthcare services. The need for this rapid expansion is because of a fast-growing population and increasing widespread diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Several big medical complexes are currently under construction. While Arab countries are building new high-tech hospital-complexes from scratch, German partners are available to support the process with their in-depth know-how. They offer comprehensive medical solutions, not only in the field of technology but also through education and management services. State-of the art insurance systems will be discussed, as well as evaluation and research solutions for small medical centers or big hospital complexes.This session discusses the numerous opportunities German-Arab partnerships offer to the Arab medical sector. What is the impact of large-scale medical complexes on the educational frameworks and employment structures of the future? How can German know-how in healthcare management help integrate medical services of large hospitals in regional and international medical infrastructure?

 19.30 h Gala Dinner

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

09.00 hSession 3
The fast growing and aging society is one of the biggest challenges GCC-countries are currently facing. Especially the demand for medical services is expected to rise in the upcoming years. Therefore, the medical sector in the GCC-countries is extremely promising. Currently there is barely to find a sector, which has a higher annual growth rate. Experts are estimating 12.1 percent growth in the upcoming years. This could bring the total volume of health expenditures in the GCC from 40 Bn US-Dollars in 2015 to 71.3 Bn US-Dollars in 2020. The governments have already recognized this, thus all future development plans, such as the Saudi Vision 2030, are stating medical supply as a strategic growth sector.So how are the Gulf Countries preparing for the future and how can German companies contribute? Can increased technological convergence be an engine for the ongoing diversification process in the GCC-countries?
10.30 hNetworking Break
11.00 hSession 4
A vital pharma industry is not only the cornerstone of a well working medical sector, it can also add value to a healthy economy. Many Arab countries have identified the pharma industry as a strategic sector to enhance their manufacturing industry and therefore diversify the economy. Tunisia, for example, has experienced steady growth at about 10 to 15 percent per annum, as a result of increased domestic demand for drugs, emerging export markets, and the implementation of a favorable business environment. In Egypt, the pharma industry employs more than 40.000 skilled workers. Furthermore, according to the Saudi National Transformation plan, the Kingdom aims to double the domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing from 18 percent to 40 percent.How will diversification impact the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products in Arab countries and what does this mean for the German-Arab trade balance. This session will shed light into an emerging market with high potential for both: Arab and German companies.
12.30 hNetworking Lunch
13.30 hSession 5
Germanys medical technology is well known for its quality all over the world. But German companies do not only export first-class medical equipment, they also supply education and management to sustainably ensure the longevity of the products. Long-term partnerships with Arab countries are showing evidence of this trend. While many Arab countries transform their industries, and build knowledgebased economies, the transfer of German education and know-how is essential.In this session, medical innovators such as Fresenius, Sartorius or Siemens demonstrate how to integrate modern robotics and other smart IT-technologies into medical services to build a more efficient and sustainable healthcare sector.
15.00 hNetworking Break
15.30 hSession 6
With health care being an essential sector, and one that is gaining importance in several national development plans, the infrastructure development in this sector will continue to witness steady growth. Despite a lot of challenges ahead, Arab countries are investing in long-term partnerships to enhance the health care sector and therefore strengthen the economies.These encouraging developments entail numerous opportunities for German and Arab companies to engage in projects of any scale. This panel of experts will share their views and forecasts on how industrial convergence will revolutionize manufacturing processes, trends and global trade patterns in the future.
17.00 hClosing Remarks
Perspectives of Arab-German Cooperation in the
Healthcare Sector