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Inaugural Visit of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal to Munich

 

 

An exiting week lies behind us as the newly appointed ambassador to Berlin H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal has completed his inaugural visit to Munich from July 27th to July 28th. 

We had the chance to meet high ranking economic decision makers as well as the honour to openly discuss the issues relating to Pakistan with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger.

Minister Hubert Aiwanger received His Excellency on July 27th at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy to discuss opportunities to deepen and strengthen the Pakistani-Bavarian business relationships.

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal receiving a gift from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger, with Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy © StMWi/E. Neureuther

 

The Minister was pleased to announce that every Bavarian entrepreneur, who is in a close relationship with Pakistani partners, reported to him in the most positive way, that Pakistani partners are especially reliable and trustworthy. Therefore the Ministry will wholeheartedly support all actions to deepen Bavarian and Pakistani relationships and is looking into possible proposals for investments in the Pakistani market in support of these objectives. As a special incentive Pakistan and Bavaria will try toinitiate an exchange program for dual training and studies.

H.E. offered that Pakistan would be happy to receive business delegations and suggested a visit to Punjab, to establish further business bonds between Bavaria, as strong economic hub for Germany, and Punjab as strong economic hub for Pakistan. Minister Aiwanger agreed fully and mentioned again the very successful business delegations to Pakistan in 2018 and 2019. According to the Minister, Bavaria is convinced that Pakistan is a fast growing market with a young and uprising population and an increasingly affluent middle class, which could develop into a large export market for Bavaria.

The corona crisis was of course a topic during this meeting. Minister Aiwanger was interested to hear how Pakistan is currently coping economically in fighting the pandemic and wether there was an economic depression the country had to fight simultaneously. H. E. was pleased to announce that the Smart Lockdown initiated by Prime Minister Khan was effective: the poorest had been supported monetarily, while bigger companies were able to return to a new normal. The small and medium seized businesses were struck the hardest and it will take some time to return to a new normal status for these businesses. The corona pandemic has so far led to the death of 5000 Pakistani citizens; a tragic loss for the country, but the Ambassador is convinced that Pakistan will be able to keep the casualties as low as possible with the smart lockdown system.

Energy politics were discussed by both parties intensively as H. E. informed Minister Aiwanger that Pakistan is changing its entire grid system to depend in future almost exclusively on renewable energy. The Ambassador further pointed out that Pakistan was willing to upgrade its grid infrastructure with products made in Germany and especially Bavaria.

This will mark the launching point for investments to come within the energy sector that could be introduced and arranged by the Honorary Consulate in Munich, which is ‟working very efficiently even in Your Excellency’s absence and representing Pakistan with dignity“ as Minister Aiwanger stated during the meeting. 

Following the meeting with Minister Aiwanger, His Excellency was received by Minister of State and Head of the State Chancellery Dr. Florian Hermann at the State Chancellery in the heart of Munich.

Minister of State Dr. Florian Herrmann, Head of State Chancellery, handing a gift to H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal with Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis at the State Chancellery in Munich ©StkBay_Isemann

 

Minister Dr. Herrmann was pleased to hear from H.E. about the fruitful discussions with the Ministry of Economic affairs and assured his full support especially regarding the receiving of different business delegations from Pakistan.

Minister Dr. Herrmann expressed concerns regarding the situation between Pakistan and India. His Excellency assured the Minister that Prime Minister Imran Khan is doing everything in his power to normalise relations to India; a very difficult task due to the extreme right wing Indian government.

Both parties agreed that Pakistan and Germany should strengthen their political relationships further, as H.E. pointed out that a strong Europe will be more necessary than ever to stabilise the world and that Germany is considered to be the entry point to the European Union. The Ambassador expressed his hope that the European Union will be able to develop an independent identity and be more present in the world after Corona.

After strengthening the ties on a political level the visit went on to develop new business opportunities for Pakistan in Bavaria and vice versa.

At the Summer Fest of the Export Club Bayern at the Münchner Yachtclub wonderfully located in Starnberg, H.E. was invited to give a Keynote Speech to one hundred guests, all decision makers of medium sized and large Bavarian companies, amongst them Siemens Financial Services, BMW, and many more, regarding investment and business opportunities in Pakistan. Following the speech many talks spun off as the guests were highly interested in learning more details about Pakistan in general and the Pakistani market. H.R.H. Prince Luitpold of Bavaria expressed his interest in Pakistan and informed the Ambassador in detail about his latest visit during the delegation trip in 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Michael Kerkloh, President of the Export Club Bayern, for inviting the Ambassador to this wonderful and insightful event. A special thanks is to be directed at Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerrick Freiherr von Hoyningen-Huene, Chairman of Münchner Yachtclub, for receiving His Excellency and his team in this incredibly beautiful surrounding.

Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, H.R.H. Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal and Dr. Michael Kerkloh, President of ECB at the Summer Fest of the Export Club Bayern at Münchner Yacht Club ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

His Excellency met with Munich Airport GmbH to discuss Joint Venture possibilities in the aviation sector. New CEO Jost Lammers, who worked for years within the Airport sector and who has a high understanding on the needs of smaller and less developed airports, received the Ambassador in person. The overall airport infrastructure was discussed particularly, and Mr. Lammers expressed high interest to support Pakistani airports in creating a successful business model, in regards to security, airline cooperation models, training of airport staff and last but not least through further revenue generation with appropriate offers within the airport premises such as shops and restaurants to name but a few.

Jost Lammers, CEO, Munich Airport International GmbH, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director, Munich Airport International GmbH, Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, Dr. Michael Kerkloh, Simon Lotter, Director Asia Pacific, Munich Airport International GmbH at Munich Airport ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

Dr. Remplik, Medical Managing Director, and Dr. Stiess, Radiology Specialist, of Die Radiologietook the time to show the ambassador their highly equipped practice rooms in the heart of Munich and demonstrated the functionality of MRI’s and CT’s. Further their unique business model and specialisation was discussed, as well as the applicability of such ideas to the Pakistani market within the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS). Both Doctors assured the Ambassador that they would happily join a team of Pakistani doctors for know-how transfer and teaching on the correct interpretation and diagnostic of medical imaging. A very insightful visit indeed as both sides may profit from the strengths of their counterparts.

Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Dr. Philipp Remplik, Medical Managing Director, Die Radiologie and Dr. Hannes Stiess, Radiology Specialist, Die Radiologie at their offices in Munich ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

Dr. Uwe M. Michel, Executive Vice President of Alianz SE, welcomed the Ambassador in the premises of the company in beautiful Schwabing. Dr. Michel, a specialist for Pakistan as he personally set up the Allianz offices in the country, joined an in-depth discussion regarding investment opportunities and insurance possibilities and had many insightful ideas that may be researched and implemented within the Health for the Future project.

Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Uwe M. Michel, Executive Vice President, Allianz SE and Rami Derbas, Business Division – Country Manager vor the MENA region, Allianz SE at Allianz offices in Munich ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

The building sites of Rohde & Schwarz were especially impressing as Dirk Dörrschuck, Vice President Middle East & Africa Region, gave His Excellency a short guided tour around the offices and development laboratories. The tour was followed by an extremely interesting presentation. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion of all participants and gave numerous new ideas to pursue in the future.

Dirk Dörrschuck, Vice President Middle East & Africa Region, Rohde & Schwarz International GmbH, welcoming H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal and Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis at the Rohde & Schwarz offices in Munich ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

A completely new field was presented by Christian Landegger, Expert for Military and Police footwear of the Bavarian shoe manufacturer Haix Group. Mr. Landegger came from Mainburg to meet the Ambassador to Munich and was received by His Excellency and the Honorary Consul at the office of the Honorary Consulate. A very interesting introduction in the field of Firefighter, Army and Police boots followed as Haix is a worldwide specialist and equips, amongst others, special units of the French Army, the German GSG9, and the German military in its entirety.

Christian Landecker, Haix Group with H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal and Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis at the Residence of the Honorary Consulate in Munich ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

Last but not least in order to enable the financing of projects in Pakistan, where appropriate, Dr. Peter Follak, CFO It’s a Deal outlined the financial structures, financial models and financing possibilities for the projects under consideration.

Penelope Poetis, COO POWRGROUP GmbH, Honorary Consul Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Dr. Klaus-Peter Follak, CFO, It’s A Deal GmbH and Philomena Poetis, CEO It’s A Deal GmbH, at the Residence of the Honorary Consulate in Munich ©HonorarkonsulatPakistanMUC

 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of our highly esteemed interlocutors and in particular Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger, as well as Minister of State Dr. Hermann. Furthermore, their teams, who worked tirelessly to make the visit and the meeting of His Excellency a success. Our special thanks goes to the team of the Embassy of Pakistan in Berlin for their professional and harmonious cooperation.

For more pictures please head to our gallery!

Please stay healthy and safe!

Your Pakistan-Bayern Team

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November 2019: The Silver Tea

In 1949, this charity event was brought to life through the actions of Sam E. Woods, the then US-Consul General in Munich, who invited guests to his home in order to collect donations for the suffering people of Munich. Fifty guests accepted his invitation and the event was so successful that the women of the German-American Women’s Club of Munich decided to repeat the Silver Tea every year.

Since that first occasion, the German-American Women’s Club has annually invited guests from government, industry and society to its Silver Tea, which held in the Kaisersaal of the Residenz.

About 500 guests have participated at the 70th Silver Tea event in Munich on 6th November 2019. The club is currently supporting 16 charitable institutions in the greater Munich area. At the occasion of the 70th Silver Tea the two donation cheques of 10,000 euros each presented to the “Ambulante Kinderhospiz München“ and “Condrobs”.

Furthermore, the German American Women’s Club Munich, together with 31 partner clubs in the Federation (Verband) of the German American Women’s Clubs, VDAC, supports the German American Student Exchange Program.  It is the largest private exchange program of its type in Germany.

Every year, over 50 American and German students study abroad. German students receive a scholarship from the American partner universities and American students receive a scholarship from the VDAC to finance their time in Germany.

Picture: Honorary Consul Dr. Poetis and Patricia Poetis with Karin Baumüller-Söder, wife of Bavarian Minister-President (right) at the Silver Tea 2019.

Read more: Newsletter 11/2019

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October 2019: A delegation consists of Pakistani Senators visited Munich

Munich, October 2019: Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, which works in the area of democracy, peace and development, organised a visit of members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senate of Pakistan. Senator Mushahid Hussain SayedChairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, leaded the delegation.

 

During their stay in Munich the delegates visited the headquarter of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation as well as the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior, sport and integration, attending a briefing about the refugee flows, lack of skilled workers and integration of migrants in Bavaria.

 

Furthermore, during a dinner with Honorary Consul Dr. Poetis possibilities to improve the relationship between Pakistan and Germany were pointed out, also to boost the business ties between both countries. Consul Dr. Poetis informed the delegates about the last two Bavarian business delegations to Pakistan, which took place in October 2018 and April 2019. The senators appreciated Honorary Consul Dr. Poetis for his contribution towards prosperous Pakistan.

Read more: Newsletter 10/2019

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Pakistan, October 2019: From meeting the PM to visiting the mountainous north, Prince William and Kate have spent a busy two days in Pakistan. After landing in Islamabad to a red-carpet welcome, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first full day in Pakistan visiting a girl’s college in the capital and the Margalla Hills, and later meeting President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at their official residences. In the evening, they mingled with the who’s who of the country’s political, entertainment and business spheres at a reception in Islamabad

 

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September 2019: Pakistani Parliamentarians hosted by Bavarian Senior Ministerial official and Pakistan’s Honorary Consul to Bavaria after three days of intensive introduction to the region

 

Munich, September 2019: The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and the Honorary Consul of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for Bavaria & Baden-Wuerttemberg hosted a dinner for a delegation of representatives from five of the Provincial and Legislative Houses of Pakistan from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan at the Kashmir Inn Restaurant in Munich.

The delegation, headed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Deputy Speaker Hon. Mahmood Jan,was visiting Munich as part of a study tour organized by the EU-funded SUBAI parliamentary assistance project. The delegation met the Bavarian Landtag for a direct exchange with Parliamentarians and to learn more about the functioning of the Regional Parliaments in Germany particularly in regard to their legislative functions and their committee processes. A further focus was on the efforts of the Landtag to ensure gender equality in its administration. The delegation also was keen to learn from Bavaria’s leading role in implementing its sustainable energy policy, particularly the use of renewable energy resources, witnessed first hand during its visit to the Energiedorf (Energy Village) Wilpoldsried.

Read more: Newsletter 09/2019

July 2019: Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis new member of basic Supervisory Board

 

Munich, July 2019 – basic AG has appointed Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis (60) as a new member of the Supervisory Board. Dr. Poetis will succeed Nils El Accad (CEO Organic Foods & Café).

With Dr. Pantelis Christian Poetis, basic gains a strategy and marketing expert and connoisseur of the food logistics and retail industry as a member of the supervisory board. After working for Bayerische Vereinsbank, later HVB, he spent several years in the investment management of the Quandt Group, where he was last responsible as Managing Director. This was followed by positions on the board of TBWA/Germany until Poetis founded the strategy consultancy POWERGROUP in 2004, which he still heads today.

Together with customers and cooperation partners from the food retail trade, food transport logistics and the automotive industry, the POWERGROUP developed the initiative WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY for the benefit of table organizations on three continents. The reason for this was Dr. Poetis’ close connection to the founders of the Münchner und der Berliner Tafel, Hannelore Kiethe and Sabine Werth. “Through my many years of cooperation with the Tafel, I have once again come to know and appreciate the value of food in a completely different way,” says Dr. Poetis. For its commitment, the POWERGROUP has twice been awarded the Tafel-Teller, which is awarded by the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel together with the Bundesfamilienministerium.

“It is a special honour for me that my career circle is closing today to a certain extent”, says Dr. Poetis, “On the one hand, I have been connected to the food retail trade and in particular to the associated logistics for many years now, on the other hand, the claim of basic to promote a “grand-suitable lifestyle” is a matter close to my heart – also because this phase as father of four adult children is now very relevant for me”.

July 2019: Diplomatisches Magazin

 

“There is a need to portray Pakistan as a land of opportunities to change the perception of European countries,” Michael Kerkloh, CEO of Munich Airport, stated after his visit to Pakistan end of joined a business delegation, led by Consul Dr. Pantelis Poetis.

The delegates met government representatives and Pakistani business decision-makers in the cities of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. The delegation members were impressed by the hospitality and the open nature of the Pakistanis, and positively surprised by the untapped economic potential the country has to offer. Precisely what Poetis has been eager to promote since his appointment as Honorary Consul for Pakistan in Pullach near Munich.

Read more: Newsletter 06/2019

May 2019: Visit to the second Patty’s Child Clinic in Mianwal Ranjha

 

Patricia Poetis, Founder of the Chillianwala Lions Club and initiator of the Patty’s Child Clinics Pakistan, together with her husband Honorary Consul Dr. Poetis and her daughter Philomena Poetis, visited the construction site of the second Patty’s Child Clinic in Mianwal Ranjha on 28thApril.

Ahsan Mehmood Baba, President of the Chillianwala Lions CLub and the Director Patty’s Child Clinics Pakistan and Mr. Zia Ullah Ranjha, Ex-Mayor of Mianwal Ranjha, arranged a reception in the honour of the delegates. More than 500 hundred locals, including many women, participated in the event and thanked the Poetis family for their humanitarian work. For more information please visit our website.

Please enjoy the photos of the occasion!

Read more: Newsletter 05/2019

April 2019: German Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by President Dr. Arif Alvi

 

Arif Alvi, the President of Pakistan, recently conferred the national award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Distinction Medal) on GUTech’s Founding Rector Professor Michael Jansen.

The medal, the second highest civilian award and honour given by the Government of Pakistan, was bestowed in recognition of his services to the discovery of the Indus Valley Civilisation, at the Presidency on Pakistan Day, March 23, in Islamabad.

The Professor, awarded a PhD (1979) for his paper, ‘Architecture of Indus Valley Civilisation’ was previously decorated with the ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ (Star of Distinction), the third highest honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan, in 1987.

He thus joins the exclusive group of persons with two national awards and the only one in the field of the Indus Valley which bears testimony to his lifelong, passionate services to Mohenjo Daro, the jewel of the third millennium Indus Valley Civilisation.

 

Read more: Newsletter 04/2019

March 2019: Patty’s Child Clinics Pakistan enters the second round

 

The Patty’s Child Clinics Pakistan (PCCP) team is proud to announce that we were able to start the construction work for the second clinic in Mianwal Ranjha, Mandi Bahauddin District, last week. PCCP offers mothers-to-be comprehensive medical care from the first days of their pregnancies through to delivery, examination and vaccination of the newborn children and all follow-up treatment.

Patricia Poetis, initiator of the project, said: “This is wonderful news. In Chillianwala, we were able to give almost 3,500 children a smooth start to life and treated over 10,000 mothers medically. We see every day how important this work is, and are especially grateful to our supporters – the Lions Foundation International, the Lions Foundation Germany, and the great helpers of the Lions Club Chillianwala, who did everything in their power to enable the construction of a new clinic.”

The PCCP in Chillianwala is very popular and thanks to the good medical equipment of the hospital, the death rate of mother and child at birth has been reduced to zero.

The Managing Director of Siemens Healthcare Pakistan, Khurram Jameel, whom Patricia Poetis met in person during a delegation trip of Bavarian entrepreneurs in Pakistan in October 2018, immediately recognised the importance of the project and assured the support of Siemens Healthcare for this and further clinics.

The project is also receiving immense support from politicians. In October 2018, Patricia Poetis and His Excellency Aamir Mehmood Kiani, Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, signed a Memorandum of Understanding promising government support for the project.

Read more: Newsletter 03/2019

March 2019: METRO shares its expansion and investment plans with Pakistan’s Board of Investment

 

March 4, 2019: In a meeting held at Board of Investment (BOI) Islamabad between METRO Delegation and BOI Committee lead by Mr. Haroon Sharif, MCCPK shared its expansion and investment plans for Pakistan especially for Punjab with new store opening in Multan along with expansion of E-Commerce (METRO Online) & Franchise (Freshly) business.

Currently MCCPK is operating nine wholesale retail stores in Pakistan. The METRO Online Non-Food business is already serving the entire Pakistani Market while the Food business will be expanding to 3rd city Faisalabad, previously serving Lahore & Islamabad Market.

On the other hand 11 new freshly stores would also be seen with in a span of 4 months adding to the 4 operating at present in Lahore. The Multan store will be the company’s tenth wholesale retail facility in Pakistan and the first one in South Punjab, a much economically-deprived belt of the province.

METRO Pakistan has always been one of the front runners when talking about strengthening the local economy by not only being an important exchequer collector in shape of Sales Tax and Income Tax in the Wholesale/Retail sector, from its Customers and Suppliers and depositing the same in Government treasury but also Promoting modern, locally sourced trade infrastructure by offering local businesses like small retailers and restaurants a reliable supply source of up to 90 % locally procured goods as well as services to increase their competitiveness.

 

Read more: Newsletter 03/2019