Report of the Board 2015

The report 2015 is ready. The financial overview is also attached. In accordance with the requirements of the German tax authorities, it is a simple inflow outflow report.


So far, we invited the following lecturers to E 16
Prof. Power, London
Prof Roberts, Sydney
Prof Zaeh, Hamburg
Prof Knoepffler, Jena
M. O´Malley, PHD, Jena
H. Uhl, Anthropologist, Internal Auditor
Prof. Morgan, Sheffield
Prof. Holtfrerich, Berlin
I wrote personal letters to them: Now I have to wait for reply. Once I have a list of lecturers, who expressed their interest, I will start with fund raising for the travel costs for them. It will be expensive to fly in a Prof from Sydney, and I do not expect that the fees will cover this…


Sohail sent the new password to me for the internal dropbox account. I managed to upload all notes payable that were issued so far. It is easy! — However, if you have already a dropbox account, you must first log out from your account and then log in with the address provided by Sohail. Thank you, Sohail!

signed Q-standards

So far the Q-standards are ratified by:
Mr. Kudzai Midzi, Zimbabwe
UHF, Pakistan
Mr. Christophe Cathala, Poland
FWS, Germany
UAB, Lithuania
Ms. Etleva Dhamo, Albania
Ms. Valentina Rotaru, Moldova

In other words, we have now a 41 percent ratification rate.

Many said that they agree, but it is sometimes hard to collect the signatures!

Org Committee

We would like to invite all members to take part in the org committee for E16! The agenda is not yet fixed, so everybody has a chance to put his favoured topic on the agenda! Majority vote rules it all! Frank

E15 review

E 15 is yesterday. What was good, what was bad? Certainly, the destination “UAE” was not an easy one:
three members did not receive visas;
the hotel was expensive;
the surrounding was “Marsian”;
the scientific day was too chaotic (because an “ordre de Mufti” torpedoed our agreement with the academics).
My personal shortlist of positive aspects includes:
a link to the scientific world was established,
the links to Africa and South-East Asia are strengthened,
the member meeting was constructive: Quality standards and tender procedures were agreed
the participants gave positive feedback, and
two participants expressed their intention to join Empacta.

Personally, I was a bit depressed that the full dimension of this year´s general theme did not unfold: I had expected that we would try to bridge the traditional gap between practitioners and academics, but this did not happen. Why? What was wrong here? Somehow, both sides of the bridge rested in their positions.


Dear Empacta Members!!!

As you are all aware, The EMPACTA Annual Partner Conference 2015 is scheduled in November this year in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.
You all are requested to confirm your availability to the Secretary General through email. Moreover it is also requested that if possible you can give your suggestions to be included in this year Partner Conference.

Further you can also share our facebook page “E 15” for Empacta Workshop held in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, with your friends and colleagues for registration and participation.

All the best and hope to meet you in the Abu Dhabi.


We have already 14 registrations to our member meeting in November!
Here is the list of confirmed participants: Etleva, Anatole, Kudzai, Delbar, Maria, Valentina, Begum & Erkan, Thomas, Frank, Sohail & Faisal, Mr.Barua & Eftekhar, Christophe.

1st EMPACTA internship –

Ms. Esther Fabel, 18, had a chance to visit Bangladesh as an trainee at SK Barua. She will be back on 20 August, and we are very curious to hear about her experiences! Mr. Efthekhar Ali told me, that he took care of her “as if she is my daughter”. Can it be better? hopefully, there will be more internships of this kind! Frank


Suggestions for the General Assembly in November 2015 (Fabel/Hafeez)

I. Discussion of the Board regulations in the last year

The General Assembly may decide:

“The decisions of the Board in the time frame from November 2014 to November 2015, documented in the Board meetings, shall be held mandatory rules for the association. Members are obliged to follow the rules determined in these documents.”

Reason: the Board was frequently unsecure whether it has the competence to regulate the topics mentioned in the Board meetings.

II. Suggestion for changes in statutes:

The General Assembly may decide to change the statutes as follows:

§ 4.1 of the statutes, currently reading
“The General Board shall consist of
• The first Chairman
• The second Chairman
• The treasurer
• And the minute taker”

Shall be changed as follows:
“The General Board shall consist out of five members
• The first Chairman
• The second Chairman
• The secretary general
• The treasurer
• And the minute taker”

Reason: It would be good to have a broader board, with wider competences. While currently the Board uses the provisions of paragraph 4.2 (two Board members decide everything), it would be good to have decisions with a group of five, which would give always majorities.

§ 4 The Board shall be amended for paragraph 4.4 with the following text:
4.4 The competences of the Board include the following:

* Giving itself rules of procedure
* Determining the venue of the next meeting of the General Assembly
* Approving budgets
* Approving regulations for the Empacta Thaler
* Approving regulations for tendering,
* Making suggestions for internal fees, agent fees etc.
* Approving the salary schedules of professional co-workers
* Approving grant agreements
* Determining the programme for the next Empacta event