AXSOS in Ramallah hon­oured by politi­cian’s visit

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Ger­man- Pales­tinian com­pany, AXSOS AG, was vis­ited by BadenWürt­tem­berg’s prime min­is­ter Win­fried Kretschmann at the end of March. He was wel­comed by AXSOS's CEO, Frank Müller, and the chair­man of the su­per­vi­sory board, Rolf Stephan, as well as by sev­eral jour­nal­ists from Ger­many and Pales­tine. On his sec­ond visit to the Mid­dle East, Prime Min­is­ter Kretschmann used this op­por­tu­nity to get to know more about AXSOS' suc­cess story in per­son. He talked about the com­pany as a role model for hope and progress within the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries. Since 2011, as first of its kind, AXSOS AG has main­tained a Mid­dle East branch in Ramallah, Pales­tine. This shows en­tre­pre­neur­ial courage and creative far­sight­ed­ness: in­vest­ing in the counter trend has proven suc­cess­ful for AXSOS and its cus­tomers. "There are more than 1,500 IT grad­u­ates ( highly trained young peo­ple) every year in the Pales­tinian re­gion and in Jerusalem. These are op­ti­mal con­di­tions for AXSOS, based on the strong in­ter­na­tional align­ment that is con­nected with the ori­en­tal hos­pi­tal­ity and ser­vice ori­en­ta­tion", said CEO Frank Müller. At present, more than 40 Pales­tinian AXSOS IT pro­fes­sion­als are work­ing in Ramallah. They are demon­strat­ing in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment and pro­vide much of the end-user sup­port for cus­tomers in a round-the-clock ser­vice. They are high cal­i­bre IT pro­fes­sion­als and AXSOS em­ploy­ees on equal foot­ing. They also en­gage reg­u­larly in ex­change vis­its and train­ing with their Ger­man col­leagues in Stuttgart or in Ramallah. They also main­tain daily con­tact via video- or tele-con­fer­enc­ing. Be­sides its IT busi­ness, AXSOS sup­ports an ex­change be­tween the film academy in Ramallah and Lud­wigs­burg, which is one of the world’s lead­ing film acad­e­mies. Due to this ded­i­ca­tion, two stu­dents from Ramallah are study­ing in Lud­wigs­burg since Septem­ber 2016 and one from Lud­wigs­burg is based in Ramallah since Fe­bru­ary 2017. In times of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion it is im­por­tant for AXSOS to con­nect to the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ex­per­tise and to create syn­er­gies and per­spec­tives

through ex­change. In line with their vi­sion, AXSOS also ac­tively in­vests in en­gage­ment with young Pales­tini­ans and is ex­pand­ing the co­op­er­a­tion with the YMCA in East Jerusalem. With the sup­port of AXSOS, a youth con­sul­tant po­si­tion could be es­tab­lished for this YMCA youth pro­gram. The past years, since the found­ing of AXSOS, have been marked by con­stant and healthy growth, cur­rently com­pris­ing over 70+ em­ploy­ees from 12 na­tions. AXSOS AG's plans to ex­pand fur­ther in Pales­tine un­til 2030, and wants to create new jobs as well as in Ger­many. Dur­ing the prime min­is­ter’s visit, Müller ex­plained with the var­i­ous as­pects of the AXSOS’ so­cial and cul­tural en­gage­ment, which ex­ceeds far be­yond the daily busi­ness. This met with the ap­proval of the prime min­is­ter and he pointed out that in a glob­alised work­ing at­mos­phere an in­ter­cul­tural ap­proach is im­por­tant to un­der­stand, ap­pre­ci­ate and get along with each other peace­fully. He also pointed out that he is will­ing to en­cour­age more com­pa­nies from Ger­many to in­vest in Pales­tine as well as es­tab­lish­ing Pales­tinian of­fices.

Baden-Würt­tem­berg’s prime min­is­ter, Win­fried Kretschmann, com­pli­ments AXSOS on its courage and en­gage­ment in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries

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