NEWS TO GO The latest from the Humboldt Forum In October, the Humboldt Forum directorship will get to work: Neill MacGregor, Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger and Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp will evaluate performance to date, set out the priorities and continue what has begun. With the museums on Spree Island, the Humboldt Forum is set to become a world centre for arts, intended to bring about greater understanding for the otherness of foreign cultures in the age of globalisation. The topping-out ceremony was held in June and everything is going to plan on the major construction site in Berlin. Berlin Partner publishes half-year figures Berlin has overtaken London in terms of the inflow of venture capital, unemployment is down and the number of people moving to the city is rising constantly – Berlin‘s economy is on the up. This positive development is also apparent from the balance sheet published by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH for the first half of 2015: Berlin Partner has supported companies with 141 projects in Berlin, which bring with them a total of 3,033 jobs. This accounts for investments of around EUR 223 million. Once again, every third employee in the industrial sector is working on construction and expansion proj ects. The second driver of Berlin‘s industry is the capital city‘s digital scene. Leading the employment charge once more Berlin continues to top the ranking list of federal states when it comes to employment growth. This is according to figures published by the Federal Labour Office. These show that 1,302 million people were employed in regular positions in April 2015. This was an increase of 39,200 people or 3.1 % on the previous year. The service sector was particularly strong, although industry and construction also witnessed growth as manufacturing segments. Senator for economic affairs Cornelia Yzer highlighted the healthy outlook for the current year: “The demand for employees in the capital is at a persistently high level. This is accompanied by strong economic dynamics.” Chamber of commerce and industry‘s seal for training quality excellence Since June, the chamber of commerce and industry in Berlin has been awarding a seal for training quality excellence to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to training. Howoge Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH became the first company in Berlin‘s property sector to receive this accolade. Since 1990, Howoge has trained over 200 estate agents in Berlin, and a total of 32 trainees started working for the local company in the training year 2015/2016. In addition to Howoge, 20 further training organisations were distinguished with the seal. photos: Förderverein Berliner Schloss/eldaco, Berlin, Howoge; http://dryicons.com; industrieblick – Fotolia.com 8 BERLIN TO GO
photos: Fotostudio-Charlottenburg; Berlin Partner Advertisement Tourist use of Europe‘s largest historic building Strong dual leadership Since 1st July, Andrea Joras has strengt hened the management team of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. She is responsible for the quality of services and heads up topics such as the transfer of technology and marketing the capital city. Dr. Stefan Franzke has taken on the role of spokesman for the management, and internationally promotes Berlin as an attractive place to settle. You can read more about Andrea Joras on page 36. With the approval of the first funds for the joint scheme for “improving regional economic structures” (GRW), it is now possible to start with the planned extension and renovation of Europe‘s largest historic building for the promotion of tourism. Over the next few years, Tempelhof Projekt GmbH will be enhancing the appeal of the building in multiple stages with subsidies from the state and federal government. By 2020 it is intended that the roof, which is over one kilometre in length, be converted into an accessible gallery of history, and that a visitor centre be established in the building. In all, EUR 20 million of GRW funds are available for the extension and renovation. Intensifying Arab-German relations Within the framework of the 8th Arab-German Business Forum, which took place from the 8th to the 10th June in Berlin and brought together over 600 experts and decisionmakers from industry, politics and science, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) from the United Arab Emirates provided a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) affirming the intention to deepen economic relations with Germany and promote cooperation with Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. This agreement was signed by his Excellence Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, and Dr. Stefan Franzke, spokesman for the board of Berlin Partner.