Twenty-five members of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of Thuringia, Germany, visited Haifa. Ms. Valentina Kerst, State Secretary, Ministry of Thuringian Economy and Science, headed the delegation.
Ms. Kerst and delegation members arrived for a meeting with the Mayor, Mr. Yona Yahav. Also attending the meeting were the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Haifa and the North, Mr. David Castel, and the Mayor's adviser on German speaking countries Dr. Karpel.
Possibilities for deepening cooperation between Haifa, Erfurt and Thuringia were discussed:
- Establishing an economic club via the Haifa Fund, for investors and entrepreneurs form Thuringia who wish to invest in Haifa. Similar economic clubs were already established in the twin cities of Haifa, Düsseldorf and Bremen.
- Delegation members showed interest in parenting schools, an initiative of Haifa Municipality already adopted by Düsseldorf.
- Promoting cooperation in hi-tech and biotech industries.