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Bonn/Berlin // 27.10.2021

FiE/HiE 2021: biological diversity of selected developing and emerging nation


The initiative for import promotion presents exceptional herbs, spices, essential oils and plant extracts from developing countries and emerging nations
Bonn/Berlin, 27.10.2021 – With a variety of products highlighting the biodiversity of selected developing and emerging nations, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be exhibiting this year at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) co-located together with Health Ingredients Europe (HIE). Exceptional herbs, spices, essential oils and plant extracts will be presented by the 15 companies from the IPD programme at the 2-in-1 trade fair taking place in Frankfurt from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December and also virtually from the 22nd of November.

Bonn/Berlin // 06.10.2021

WTM 2021: IPD introduces Uzbekistan as a new destination


The tourism promotion initiative supports European tour operators in their search for new partners.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.10.2021 – Over 30 travel suppliers from Ecuador, Nepal, Tunisia and now Uzbekistan will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the international tour-ism trade fair "WTM - World Travel Market" taking place from the 1st - 3rd of November in London and from the 8th – 9th of November virtually. All IPD partner companies offer sustainable trips, intended to lead tourists off the beaten track to experience cultural, natural highlights destinations in a new way. The tourism promotion initiative has carefully selected these special and highly individual travel offers, prepared the providers for European market requirements and is now presenting them to international travel marketers – both at the WTM exhibition stand in London and at the virtual WTM meetings.

Bonn/Berlin // 05.10.2021

IFTF 2021: Cut flowers from Ecuador and Colombia


Long stems and large flowers: Reliable high quality produce from Ecuador and Colombia
IPD presents South American producers of cut flowers at the “International Floriculture Trade Fair”

Bonn/Berlin, 05.10.2021 – For the first time ever, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present a variety of cut flowers from its partner countries Ecuador and Colombia live at the "International Floriculture Trade Fair". The cut flower trade fair will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of November in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. After many weeks and many virtual meetings, an international trade fair located close to Amsterdam, is offering the opportunity to experi-ence cut flowers once again – their colours, shapes and most importantly their fragrance – offering the opportunity to get in touch with exporters directly. The IPD will arrange contact with carefully selected exporters and supports the direct trade from Ecuador and Colombia at the event.

Bonn/Berlin // 14.09.2021

Anuga 2021: Variety of natural ingredients


Producers from ten developing countries and emerging nations show the wide range and high quality of processed fruit and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 14.09.2021 – A wide variety of processed fruits and vegetables – including freeze-dried bananas, guanabana puree, fruit powder, dried courgettes and peppers as well as jalapeño and chilli peppers – will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Anuga. Around 30 IPD companies from developing and emerging countries will be showing their range of natural ingredients at the world's leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry, taking place in Cologne from the 9th  to 13th of October.

Bonn/Berlin // 31.08.2021

Fruit Attraction 2021: IPD paves the way for diverse offers from South America


Producers from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru as well as four more IPD partner countries to present their premium-quality fruit and vegetable offers at “Fruit Attraction”

Bonn/Berlin, 31 August 2021 – Subtropical and tropical fruits are much in demand on the European market. And producers from South America offer an immense diversity of prod-ucts as well as premium quality. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be presenting fresh fruit offerings from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru at the international “Fruit Attraction” trade fair scheduled for 5 to 7 October in Madrid. In addition to this, the import promotion initiative will be showcasing further specialities from Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Ukraine. All in all, IPD supports a total of 30 companies from its partner countries, as well as further pro-ducers from Morocco and Ethiopia as part of its cooperation with GIZ, Germany’s associa-tion for international cooperation.

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IPD Update issue 1 // 2022

Here and there, there has been a return to something approaching normality in recent months. IPD accompanied producers and tour operators at international trade fairs and lent its support to matchmaking between companies from the 14 IPD partner countries and European buyers. In addition to this, IPD experts were on the road on sourcing missions to visit the companies in the IPD programme on the ground again after a long gap, as well as meeting and vetting potential new exporters. What is more, IPD was able to implement a further important project with which to consolidate the foreign trade network: IPD regional offices were set up in selected partner countries in the second half of 2021.

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IPD Update issue 1 // 2021

Die Corona-Pandemie hält uns weiterhin in Atem und stellt Unternehmen  weltweit vor Herausforderungen: Kontaktbeschränkungen erschweren die internationalen Handelsbeziehungen sowie die Suche nach neuen Produkten und zuverlässigen Lieferanten. Wir haben zu Beginn der COVID-19-Krise schnell reagiert und erste virtuelle Formate ins Leben gerufen, um unsere Unternehmen in den IPD-Partnerländern weiterhin zu unterstützen und potenzielle Handelspartner zusammenzubringen. Diese Formate haben wir stetig weiterentwickelt und zu Beginn der traditionellen Messesaison unsere Maßnahmen zur Importförderung noch einmal verstärkt.

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IPD UPDATE // Special edition 2020

Around the globe, the economy is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: Production is being throttled, the exchange of goods restricted, and trade relations severely cut back. Developing and emerging countries are particularly susceptible to such global upheaval. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic varies hugely from country to country, region to region, and sector to sector. However, it can be registered as a basic fact that the local economy in developing and emerging countries is fragile across all sectors. People in rural regions, smallholder farmers and processing companies struggle more than others with the restrictions in production and exports. In such a situation, the work of Import Promotion Desk is more important than ever. We have reacted swiftly to the new situation and adapted our activities accordingly.

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IPD Update issue 1 // 2020

Focus: IPD partner country Nepal

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has been active in Nepal since as far back as 2015, working to facilitate access to the EU market for small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim is to integrate Nepal into the global trade scene, thereby making a contribution towards the country’s sustainable economic development. IPD initially began by promoting producers of natural ingredients in the Himalaya region. Today, the new IPD emphasis in Nepal lies on the tourism sector.

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