In January 2015 Annette Bauer had the honour of joining the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and other business delegates from Germany, on a four-day trip to the Maghreb countries Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
As Mr Steinmeier put it at the press conference in Morocco, the aim of his trip, was to gain a first-hand impression of “where the societies of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria currently stand – politically, economically and culturally”. All three countries have a high proportion of young people – the average age in Morocco is around 27, for example. Steinmeier stressed that this young generation in particular associated Europe with great hopes and expectations, above all with regard to their chances in life.
With the economic development of these countries, youth employment and training is therefore important topic. In addition to that, many German companies are showing a growing interest in the region. Thus the provision of skilled labour is also an important factor to German investors.
These two factors made the trip very interesting for ITS. In meetings with the honorable Minister of Industry, as well as the business confederation and representatives of the private sector, ITS could introduce its products and philosophy and got an overview of the vocational systems in the countries.