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10th ArabCab Conference

The 10th Arab Cable Manufacturers Conference was held in Aswan, Egypt and focused on “transportation in the arab world”. 

In addition to discussing the common issues and problems facing cable manufacturers in the region, the conference hosted a number of key speakers in the fields of cable manufacturing  and its related industries, as well as the fields of transportation and economic development. 

Alongside the event, field visits around the city of Aswan were featured.

For more information, please visit the ArabCab website

Meeting of the AFEI strategic vision formulation working group

Meeting of the AFEI strategic vision formulation working group

A proposal for the vision was developed through electronic communications and smaller meetings in the working group. Then, the meeting was held to agree on the final formulation of the vision and send results to the BOD.

In a context of free expression of opinions, the focus of the meeting was to define the vision and mission of AFEI as a base for attracting distinguished companies to become members.

The presentation showed that the starting point in formulating the vision is that AFEI is an organization that represents companies and provides a structure/mechanism for lobbying in order to enable them to have an impact on policies, legislations, systems, standards and programs that tackles the business environment, and to participate in planning, implementing, and monitoring economic development plans in the respective countries.

According to the attendees, the starting point of the vision is that AFEI is one of the organizations that represent interests of companies; but AFEI will be among the effective ones in order to have a voice and impact in economic & social development.

Finally, some ideas on how to interpret the strategic vision (organizational structure) were discussed, and the necessary activities after approving the vision were identified.

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Strategic Vision Formulation Working Group

During the periodic meetings of the BOD, discussions re-visited many times the content of the AFEI annual work plan and its report on activities; and it became obvious that there is a need to clarify the role of the federation which is an association of employers on the Arab level as a partner in implementing regional development programs, and to show the contribution of the federation in development through continuous dialogue with governments in the Arab countries and lobbying for opinions of its members with the advantage as an NGO on the Arab level that has regional offices which are seen as houses of expertise in fields of interest to the engineering industries.

In the BOD meeting on 9/12/2011, the issues like priorities of work topics, mechanisms of coordination and cooperation between members, and the way to measure the impact of AFEI in economic and social development in the Arab countries were put on the discussion table. Members exchanged ideas about translating the nationalism feeling and into action, cooperating with the Young Industrialists Committee, and making use of IT & Internet in networking and spreading experiences, setting a policy for new members as a rejuvenating element for the federation, activating members through participation in AFEI committees and activities in order to create the sense of ownership, deepening the strategic cooperation with other associations on the business environment.

“We became lobby groups in our societies, and this is an added value from associating together under the umbrella of the federation”

Attendees agreed on the need to formulate a new common vision, mission, goals, objectives and activities; and to review the AFEI objectives that are listed in the bylaw, as well as to clarify the methodology of the work in the federation.

Resolution: A working group consisting of Eng.Ahmad Othman, Eng.Jamal Afifi, Eng.Hamid Zayani, Eng.Sherif Abdelhadi, Mr.Hassan Daaboul, Dr.Haytham Yafi and chaired by Mr.Zayani is assigned the task of formulating a proposal for the federation’s vision and the methodology of joint work according to the discussions. The proposal should be sent to the BOD within three months, and then the new vision is to be presented to the general assembly meeting mid 2012.

The resolution is realized, and the working group finalized its task and presented its report to the BOD end of March.

See also: WG meeting on 13/3/2012

Water Desalination Conference

Water Desalination Conference

AFEI General Secretary attended the one of a kind conference that was organized by NOSSTIA in cooperation with IDA and LDA and focused on the technologies for water desalination.

Policy makers on the national level, representatives of the private sector, municipalities, and other beneficiaries of water reuse participated in the conference.

The conference resulted with eight recommendations revolving around the necessity to establish programs for water reuse and unconventional water resources in order to cover the national needs for agriculture, industry, and environment services.

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Young Industrialists Committee meeting

After a tour in “Liban Cable” premises, the Young Industrialists Committee held its second meeting where it reviewed what was done about updating the AFEI website, and agreed to continue working on building a database of Arab companies registered in the engineering industries sector.

Following up the good practice of inviting experts to participate in Committee meetings, The gtz regional projects manager joined the meeting where she gave a presentation about the gtz and its projects in the region focusing on the regional aspect in projects and on the role of the private sector in them.

The attendees agreed to hold the next meeting of the Committee on the sideline of the regional conference “Social image of VET” that gtz regional project is organizing in Lebanon on October this year.

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Young Industrialists Committee

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Forum of Experts and specialists in Metrology & Calibration of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment

The conference highlighted the importance of the calibration and metrology functions in various aspects of life in general, focusing on the necessity for periodic calibration of medical equipment to assure that they are constantly ready to use, and to obtain accurate test results for fast & reliable diagnosis of providers of the medical services in the Arab World.

In addition, the conference discussed capacities of institutions and centers of metrology and calibration, and the roles of national authorities, maintenance agents, companies, and laboratories in providing the required services to providers of medical services.

Participants were introduced to the latest medical equipment through the exhibition of medical devices that accompanied the conference.

Related links:

Arab Federation for Metrology

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Conference brochure (en)

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Forum of Experts and specialists in Metrology & Calibration of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment

The conference highlighted the importance of the calibration and metrology functions in various aspects of life in general, focusing on the necessity for periodic calibration of medical equipment to assure that they are constantly ready to use, and to obtain accurate test results for fast & reliable diagnosis of providers of the medical services in the Arab World.

In addition, the conference discussed capacities of institutions and centers of metrology and calibration, and the roles of national authorities, maintenance agents, companies, and laboratories in providing the required services to providers of medical services.

Participants were introduced to the latest medical equipment through the exhibition of medical devices that accompanied the conference.

Related links:

Arab Federation for Metrology

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Conference brochure (en)

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Young Industrialists Committee meeting

The Young Industrialists committee held its first meeting at Daaboul Industrial Group where it was agreed that the educational goal is “how to benefit from the accumulated experience and incorporate new ideas” which can be achieved through field visits to member companies in the host country on the sidelines of the meetings, and inviting an expert/member to present a useful real case. It was also agreed that the marketing goal will be achieved through enriching the website and continuous updating of content.

Attendees discussed the future vision of AFEI (as a common factor for all activities undertaken by the federation), namely, the willingness to work for the common good. They asserted the need to emphasize that the prerequisite for joining the federation is the will to contribute, give, and cooperate in working for the common good.

To establish good practice in the committee meetings, an invitation was sent to the project manager of SMEs Support Program at SEBC to join the meeting where he gave a presentation about the private sector support programs implemented by the centre and funded by the EU.

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Young Industrialists Committee

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Agenda, Presentation of SEBC/SSP SMEs Support

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1st EuroArab Conference on SMEs

The conference is an activity that interprets the AFEI focus on linking education with industry, developing SMEs, and social responsibility into actions. Syrian members co-sponsored the conference that was organized by AIDMO in cooperation with SEBC under the patronage of HE the Syrian Prime Minister, and the General Secretary of the League of Arab States.

The conference aimed at maximizing the use of Arab and European programs and funds that are targeting the development of SMEs and increasing their competitiveness.

About 400 participants from the Arab countries and the EU attended the conference, and 30 key speakers from the Arab region and Europe contributed and presented papers.

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Conference on SEBC website & Gallery

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Meeting of the Arab young industrialists

Participants were the second row in the member companies (future leaders). The goal was to create links for young industrialists with the AFEI founders in preparation for the responsibilities of developing the federation according to their ideas and the context. The outcome of the meeting was the formation of “a standing Committee for Young Industrialists” which should prepare its suggestions for the processes of working with and linking to the Federation.

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Young Industrialists Committee

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