We call it matchmaking - our customers: ”Nice to meet you.“

There is nothing to replace a face-to-face meeting and a direct exchange of information and genuine insights.

So get to know your new customers directly through the IPD. The input is only minimal for you, the benefits all the greater.

Direct b2b talks at trade fairs and on buying missions.

The IPD uses targeted matchmaking to provide you with sustainable business contacts to reliable suppliers. For this we organise B2B meetings at visits to trade fairs in Europe and sourcing trips to our partner countries.

In this way buyers can find out about the product quality and production conditions directly and establish important contacts. This transparency is the basis for long-term successful business relations.

Our workshops and seminars provide you with solid information on markets and industries. Acquire the know-how you need to access new growth markets.

Trade Fairs

Trade fair in Nantes // 01.06. - 03.06.2022

Carrefour International du Bois 2022


Get to know reliable companies from sustainable forestry at this unique trade fair all about wood products

At the international trade fair Carrefour du Bois 2022, IPD will focus on sustainable wood products – such as laminated wood panels made of teak, bamboo and matured timber (oak) as well as plywood made of birch or albasia. The latter is still a rather unknown wood type from Indonesia. Meet carefully selected suppliers from the IPD partner countries Ecuador, Colombia, and also Ukraine!

All companies were evaluated by the IPD. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Register and make an appointment with the IPD companies here.

If you want to make an appointment or have any further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul


Virtual B2B Event // 27.06. - 01.07.2022

Virtual B2B Event "Organic Fresh Produce"


Fresh fruits and vegetables in organic quality from Egypt,Côte d‘Ivoire, Ecuador, Peru and Ukraine

From 27 June - 1 July 2022, IPD will introduce selected suppliers of organic produce in individual online meetings.

Wether mangoes, pineapples, bananas, melons to peas, pumpkin, sweet potato or spring onions - the range of products from developing and emerging countries is diverse. Find out more by talking directly to our exporters.

All exporters are carefully screened. We take into account criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity, as well as compliance with international standards and certifications.

Benefit from this unique opportunity to meet interesting exporters without stress and travel costs and gain these advantages:

  • You have immediate access to detailed information about the companies, growing areas, certifications, seasonal product availability and more.
  • All suppliers are familiar with online meetings, so you will get quick results.
  • Experienced IPD experts support the companies before, during and after the web conferences.

You will find all information on the exporters and their products in our detailled brochure.

For more information plaease contact:

Dorra Zairi

..Trade fair in Nuremberg // 26.07. - 29.07.2022

Biofach 2022


Biofach 2022 - the world's leading trade fair for organic food - will take place from 26 - 29 July 2022.

This year, the IPD will again be represented together with the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the joint stand "Organic sourcing for development" and present carefully selected producers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Ghana, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, among others. More than 50 companies will present their diverse organic assortment.

You will find herbs, spices and teas, pastes, essential and cold-pressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialties from the new markets.

All companies were evaluated by the IPD. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Take advantage of the Biofach and meet reliable exporters from our partner countries. 

Details of companies and their product range will be available in June .

For questions in advance and further information please contact us:

Maria Paula Gomez

Buying Missions

FAM Trip // 09.06. - 19.06.2022

FAM Trip to Tunisia


Join IPD on a sustainable journey through the hidden treasures of Tunisia.
Meet evaluated tourism providers in Tunisia!

The North African country has much more to offer than its beautiful Mediterranean beaches.

You can look foward to:

  • Nature trip through the green & lush Northwest region
  • Cycling through Cartage’s historical treasures
  • See the arty side of Djerba island
  • Soft adventure and an eco-stay in the mountains of Zaghouan
  • Amazigh culture trip in Tunisia’s Dahar Region
  • and more to discover.

IPD will connect you with an exclusive selection of six carefully evaluated tourism companies who will present their exceptional and sustainable product portfolio.

All Ecuadorian service providers have been evaluated before the pandemic and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market. IPD connects you with these reliable tourism companies – independently and free of charge.

Join IPD on this inspiring journey
from 9 to 18 June 2022 (Flight from London) or
from 10 to 17 June 2022 (Flight from Frankfurt)

Receive more information and register here.

For further questions, please contact:

Nora Eichkorn

Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

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Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022
Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022

Virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador

Import Promotion Desk invites to virtual FAM trip to the land of four worlds
A webinar introduces tour operators to exceptional tourism companies and sustainable offerings from Ecuador.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.04.2022 - The Import Promotion Desk, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, invites European tour operators to a virtual trip through the country of the four worlds. The virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador takes place on 5 May from 3.00 to 4.30 pm (CET) and explores the four different nature areas of Ecuador: the rain forest of the Amazon area, the culture and landscape of the Andean highland, the Pacific coast as well as the flora of the Galapagos islands.

Bonn/Berlin // 15.03.2022

Fruit Logistica 2022: Diversity from Africa

Tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) highlights the potential of trade partnerships with producers from Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco

Bonn/Berlin, 15.03.2022 – The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables – partly in organic quality – from its African partner countries at Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5th to 7th April. The producers from Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco have been carefully selected by IPD experts and are certified according to international standards such as GLOBALG.A.P.

"As an import promotion initiative, we make sure that the companies in the IPD program meet the quality requirements of European buyers and can supply necessary trade volumes", says Dr Julia Bellinghausen, head of IPD. "Other good arguments for importing from Africa are its seasons, the associated strategically favourable harvest periods for fruit and vegetables, as well as short distances."

At this year's Fruit Logistica, IPD supports around 24 producers from developing and emerging countries – in addition to African exporters, also companies from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Article // 08.03.2022

International Women`s Day: Economic participation promotes growth

"Powered by women": economic power of women in developing and emerging countries

Women in developing and emerging countries play an important and often underestimated role in care-giving and securing their family’s income. They work in the farming industry, in processing and in sales. But still it is generally women who have little access to education, land ownership and bank loans. The economic potential of women remains untapped. Equitable participation in economic life would not only improve women’s rights but also promote economic growth in these countries.

To mark International Women’s Day, Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents three female entrepreneurs from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Colombia, who illustrate the enormous potential of women’s participation in economic life. IPD is active in 14 developing and emerging countries, supporting small and medium-sized companies with exports to the European market. The initiative is implemented by the globally active development organisation of German industry, sequa gGmbH, in close cooperation with the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA). IPD is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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.

Events by our partners


IPD Partner supports during Corona crisis connects companies with concrete business opportunities in developing and emerging countries. On the new Covid-19 topic page, companies and development cooperation can publish their concrete needs and solutions in the current crisis. Companies from all over the world can find these needs and get in touch directly with the respective contact persons.
Please find more information HERE.


OAV: Information Session - Business Opportunities in Nepal

IPD partner German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) invites you to an information session on business opportunities in Nepal:
Tuesday, 31 May 2022, from 9:30 to 16:30 in Wiesent, Germany. Receive more information here.


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