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 Paris // 21.10. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018: high quality products from emerging and developing countries


Matchmaking in Paris

In 2018 the IPD will again present new, carefully selected and tested export companies from different partner countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Kyrgystan and Tunisia at SIAL, the world’s leading food innovation exhibition.

The range of products from the IPD partner countries is extensive: freeze-dried fruit, pulps and tea from Colombia, dried fruits and berries from Kyrgyzsan, or dates, herbs and spices from Egypt. Ethiopian companies offer an exceptional range of oils made of black cumin, sesame or eucalyptus.

Detailed information on the IPD exporters and their specialities will be available in September.

If you have any questions beforehand, please contact:

Tabea Mack (Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgystan, Tunisia)
Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ Cooperation Serbia)

Buying Missions

Buying mission // 07.04.-13.04.2018

Purchasing in Nepal: Essential oils, medicinal plants, spices and tea


Reduce your sourcing costs!
Increase your contacts to reliable suppliers in Nepal!

Based on the successful mission of last year, the IPD again organizes a buying mission to Nepal. This mission gives you the opportunity to find out more about innovative products for the food and cosmetics sector. Check the quality and diversity of the Nepalese offer. You will find essential oils like lemongrass oil, Zanthoxylum oil, wintergreen oil, medicinal dried plants, spices, e.g. ginger, turmeric, Szechuan and long pepper. Most products in organic quality available.
We arrange for you visits with reliable producers – individually selected according to your needs.
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD and its partners based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export.
Get in touch with us!

Your benefits:

  • Direct contact with carefully selected producers
  • Tailored-made b2b meetings 
  • Inspection of production sites of selected suppliers
  • Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers.

Registration deadline is 5th of March 2018.
Please note that the number of participants is limited. Places are given on first come, first served basis. 

For any question beforehand please contact:
Nicole Buizer

Buying mission to Bosnia/Herzegovina // 13.05. - 18.05.2018

International purchasing: timber products from Bosnia and Herzegovina


Meet reliable suppliers of sustainable high-quality timber products.

The timber sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long tradition and contributes approx. 10% to the GDP. 80% of the forest are state-woned and FSC certified. The timber sector comprises more than 1.000 companies. The main products are:

  • Solid hardwood panels, finger-joint or furniture grade (edge-glued, full lamellas)
  • Solid and multi-layered wood flooring
  • Wall panels
  • Hardwood and softwood scantling.

The IPD organizes in cooperation with GIZ and the Swiss Import Promotion Programme SIPPO a buying mission for timber products in Bosnia and Herzegovina from13th – 18th May 2018.

Meet new exporters and check the production conditions directly on-the-spot!
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD based on company visits, product quality, and capability for export.

Your benefits:

  • Meet reliable suppliers of sustainable and innovative timber products.
  • Obtain information about the supply chain from concession to processing.
  • Get to know motivated associations and local partner organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Network with CEOs and purchasing managers from European timber importing companies.

We recommend a quick registration as the number of participants is limited.
Registration deadline: 20th April 2018

Detailed information and the registration sheet you find below.

For further, information, please contact:

Frank Maul

Buying mission // 16.05. - 18.05.2018

International purchasing in Serbia: frozen berries, fruit concentrates and purees


Buying mission 16 - 18 May 2018 Register now!

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries – the diversity of the Serbian offer is wide. With its fertile soil and large proportion of woodland, Serbia is ideal for the cultivation of fruits. Several companies have therefore specialized in the production of frozen berries, fruit concentrates and purees and have expanded their production to organic quality.

Make contact with reliable exporters.
Check product quality and production conditions directly on-the-spot.

The IPD organizes in cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GIZ a buying mission to Serbia. We arrange for you visits directly to the production sites of reliable producers – individually selected according to your requirements. Save time and reduce your risk!

The IPD has pre-selected the companies based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export. All suppliers produce in conventional and organic quality. They also hold important certificates such as ISO 22000, FSSC 22000 or BRC.

Deadline of registration: 23 April 2018.

Further information and the registration sheet you find below.
If you are interested, we provide you with more details on the companies and their products. Please contact:

Judith Emmerling

Buying mission to Peru // 01. - 07.07.2018

Purchasing in Peru: Decking, flooring and sawn timber in FSC quality


Buying mission from July 1st to 7th, 2018 – Registration is open!

In cooperation with the Import Promotion Desk (IPD), PromPerú organizes a buying mission to Peru. Get contact to nine carefully selected Peruvian suppliers of decking, flooring and sawn timber. We organize for you visits to the production sites in the regions Lima, Madre de Dios und Loreto. Check the products directly on-the-spot. Save time and reduce risks.
In addition, we offer you to spend one night in an FSC certified concession in the Peruvian rainforest. During the Industria Perú in Lima, we also arrange individual b2b talks with woodworking companies.

All suppliers have been selected by IPD and PromPerú based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export, access to and use of FSC timber. In the context of Peru, we consider FSC certification as an essential requirement to insure the legality of the timber.

On a case-by-case basis, PromPerú offers to sponsor the international flight ticket and/or two overnight stays in Peru.
Additional information you find in the flyer below.

For further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

Seminars and Workshops

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Events by our partners

Arequipa/Peru // 09. - 10.05.2018

7th Edition of the Anden Business Matchmaking Forum

The Trade Promotion organizations of the Andean countries Promueve Bolivia, ProColombia, ProEcuador and PromPerú in conjunction with The General Secretariat of the Andean Community invite to the 7th Edition of the Andean Business Matchmaking Forum.
When: May 9 and 10
Where: Arequipa in Peru

More informnation you find here:




Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries will present their diverse range of organic produce at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the respective national pavilions. The products include herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

Berlin // 20.01.2018

Bundesminister Müller am IPD Stand auf der Internationalen Grünen Woche

Der Bundesminister für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Dr. Gerd Müller, besuchte die Internationale Grüne Woche und ließ sich am Stand des IPD über Leistungen und Erfolge des Projektes informieren.

Das IPD ist auf der IGW mit einem Stand in der BMZ-Halle präsent und stellt sein umfangreiches Angebot vor, das die BMZ-Initiative „Eine Welt ohne Hunger ist möglich“ stützt. Zudem können Besucher bei einem Länder-Quiz am IPD Stand ihr Wissen über die Partnerländer testen und gleichzeitig neue, interessante Länderkenntnisse erwerben. Zusätzlich lädt das IPD dazu ein, exotische Produkte aus den Ländern zu kosten und kennenzulernen.

Besuchen Sie uns in Halle 5.2 / Stand 112.

Im Bild v.l.: Gregor Wolf (Geschäftsführer BGA e.V.), Dr. Julia Hoffmann (Leiterin IPD), Dr. Gerd Müller (BM für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), Lucia Brandt (IPD), Dr. Corinna Franke-Wöller (Geschäftsführerin AWE)

Berlin // 18.01.2018

Fruit Logistica 2018: Ethiopia to have country pavilion for the first time

Bonn, 18.01.2018 – At Fruit Logistica, the international specialist exhibition for fruit and vegetables to take place from 7 ‐ 9 February 2018 in Berlin, Ethiopia will be represented with its own country pavilion for the first time (hall 26, stand B‐04). Seven exhibitors from all over Ethiopia will exhibit the broad range of products available from the African interior on the stand of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA).

Bonn, Hannover // 18.12.2017
Bonn, Hannover // 18.12.2017

IPD exporters at Domotex 2018

Import Promotion Desk presents premium-quality wood flooring from Peru
Peruvian wood processors to present their products at DOMOTEX

Bonn, 18 December 2017 – Five Peruvian producers will present their innovative floor cov-erings at DOMOTEX, due to take place from 12 to 15 January 2018 in Hannover. They process premium-quality hardwood sourced from sustainable forestry. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the producers from Peru, introducing the high-grade wood to the European market as an alternative to established tropical hardwood.

Bonn/Tallinn // 04.12.2017

European Enterprise Promotion Award 2017: EU Commission’s recognition for the work of the IPD

Bonn/Tallinn, 04.12.2017 - As part of its European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2017, the EU Commission recognised the IPD as a special project in the category “Supporting the internationalisation of business”. The prize has been awarded by the European Commission since 2006. Special mention was made of the outstanding support that the IPD offers for the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises in its partner countries. In its German preliminary decision, the expert jury of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy had already shown itself impressed by the IPD, recognising it as an initiative for the sustainable and structured import promotion of products from selected developing and emerging countries.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards reward private and public institutions who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level. Initiatives from all EU countries, as well as Iceland, Serbia, and Turkey can take part in the competition. Since 2006, over 2,800 projects have entered the awards and together they have supported the creation of thousands of new companies.
The award ceremony will take place in November in Tallinn within the SME Assembly of the European Commission.

More information about the competition can be obtained at:

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