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Purchasing initiative South East Asia
07/05 2021 // International

BME organises another purchasing initiative in 2021/2020: Purchasing initiative South East Asia opens up new opportunities!


With the Purchasing Initiative Southeast Asia on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), the BME is already carrying out the third initiative of the successful B2B matchmaking series.  "With Southeast Asia, the purchasing initiative is entering an exciting procurement region at the right time," informs Olaf Holzgrefe, Head of International at the BME. "With the countries Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia, we are creating further, effective access to global procurement markets together with the local Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK)."

 Starting in September, preparations will begin for the South-East Asia Purchasing Initiative, which, like the Western Balkans or Maghreb Purchasing Initiatives, is being carried out on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and as part of the market development programme for SMEs. With over 2,500 B2B meetings, the Western Balkans Purchasing Initiative is the BME's most successful B2B event series. Holzgrefe: "Together with our partners, the Chambers of Commerce Abroad and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria, the BME will also look for and find suppliers in the fields of mechanical engineering, metal, castings, plastics and welded constructions for German companies in the participating countries and bring them together with German buyers in B2B meetings."

The highlight of the initiative will be the qualified B2B in March 2022, before which the BME will work together with the AHKs to select suppliers in on-site or online seminars and provide information and preparation in upstream seminars. "Especially now, when supply chains are under enormous stress and buyers are complaining about supply bottlenecks, the step taken by the BMWI, BME and AHK in the direction of Southeast Asia is a logical offer," says Olaf Holzgrefe. "Southeast Asia is developing dynamically. Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand offer exciting options. Many German companies are already active there but there are still undiscovered options that we would like to uncover together with our partners."

BME members and buyers can now register their non-binding interest in participating to the BME. 

Please send your interest in participation in writing to: bme-international(at) 

For questions contact: Giselle Canahuati (Phone +49 6196 5828-186) or Agnes Janikowski (Phone +49 6196 5828-227).

Further information/media enquiries about the EMI:

Frank Rösch
Head of Press and Communication
Business Cycle and Raw Materials Monitoring
Phone: +49 (0) 61 96/58 28-1 55
E-mail: frank.roesch(at) 


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Olaf Holzgrefe Head of International & Affairs
+49 6196 5828-343
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Marlene Grauer International Project Manager, Project Coordinator Procure2Innovate
+49 6196 5828-129
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Lisa Immensack International Project Manager, Project Coordinator ConnectAchat
+49 +49 6196 5828-345
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Giselle Canahuati International Team Assistant
+49 61969 5828-186