INDEX Holding Signs an Agreement of Cooperation with VIVANTES of Berlin
WAM Berlin, 19th May 2012 (WAM) : An elite cooperation agreement was signed between VIVANTES Berlin and the Emarati Index Global Healthcare and International Alliance based in Dubai. The agreement was signed by Dr. Manfred Rompf, CEO of VIVANTES International, Berlin and Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of Index Global Healthcare and International Alliance, in the presence of representatives from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ahmed Al Hameli, Second Secretary, Head of Political and Economic Section, Mrs. Birgitta Strunk, Senate Chancellery, International Relations, Africa, Near and Middle East, and Mr. Houssam Maarouf, Vice President of DAFG (German Arab Friendship Association), in addition to a number of leading figures in the political and business fields.
The agreement aims to boost cooperation between the two companies to service the field of medical and healthcare services, hospital management and education. Both parties are eager to further develop health economy in the United Arab Emirates and the GCC Region.
Dr. Andreas Schmidt, General Manager of VIVANTES International, describedthe agreement as a fruitful outcome of a very serious discussions and negotiations with the Emarati partners. Dr. Schmidt said: "this agreement is an outstanding opportunity for our local experts and specialists to enter the Middle East market in specific and Asia's markets in general. Through this partnership, we will be able to share our skilled and highly qualified medical cadres and utilize their expertise to the benefit of the region." "This agreement is a promising initiative for long term cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Germany in the healthcare field. It also serves as a bridge to transfer knowledge, experience and healthcare strategies." said Nizar Maarouf, the CEO of VIVANTES International GmbH.
Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, President of INDEX Holding, praised the cooperation with VIVANTES and he said: "we are keen to bring outstanding international expertise to the UAE, the GCC and the region, therefore VIVANTES is an excellent partner and we are proud to be partners with a key player in the Health care field." VIVANTES and Index Global Healthcare and International Alliance have decades of experience in the healthcare field, which goes back to more than 30 years in the field. INDEX Holding announced in 2010 its plans to invest more than $2 Billion in the Health care sector in the next coming 10 years.
It is well known that the United Arab Emirates is among the leading countries that promotes private sector investments and supports international investments in the health care sector in the UAE and the Region.
Dr. Al Madani also said: "For the past 30 years, INDEX Holding has been working diligently to enhance the healthcare sector in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates while encouraging partnerships between local and international private investors and the UAE government. Index Healthcare '&' International Alliance was established as a subsidiary company to develop investments in the healthcare sector. Our efforts in this respect are fully supported by the UAE government. Moreover, I would like to add that the new law of private health security system has motivated investors to get involved more and more in the health care sector." VIVANTES Hospital Association has more than 5,000 beds in nine hospitals employs more than 1,500 physicians and has various sub-companies together with a school of nursing. VIVANTES is well known across Germany and is the largest state-owned enterprise for medical and nursing education.