Dubai: Siemens see the Gulf region with great potential of business and profitable returns on it as it considers the Gulf States are one of the fastest-growing economies in the world in the current global economic crisis.
The President and CEO of Siemens is not bothered about the slowdown in real estate development in top global markets caused by the prevailing economic crisis all over the world as he believes that Siemens has all the infrastructure and energy projects to pitch for especially in the Gulf region.
The President and CEO of Siemens, Peter Loescher, is highly confident on the economic growth of the Gulf countries and optimistic that Siemens investments in these states will pay him off with huge profits.
He stated, “The Gulf states are among the fastest-growing economies in the world and have massive requirements as far as investment in infrastructure is concerned.”
“This means there is a constant flow of major infrastructure projects to the markets. These are supported by a mix of continuously strong crude oil prices and high production levels, which give regional governments the financial means to push forward with these investments,” he added.
The statistics show that last year, Siemens closed at all-time profit high and carried the momentum into the first quarter of its 2012 financial year. But the second quarter has not proved to be as productive as it should have been even though revenues were up 9 percent year-on-year.
Loescher shared, “Orders [were] coming in below 2011 levels due to lower volumes from large orders.”
He further added, “The Middle East traditionally accounts for a large share of our overall order intake and also did so last year.”
This includes a $1 billion plus deal for a power plant in Saudi Arabia and a $1.4 billion contract for the Shuweihat 3 power station in Abu Dhabi.
Loescher added, “Generally, we see opportunities in all of the countries of the Middle East as they all face similar challenges such as fast-growing populations and the need to create jobs.”
He observed, “As a general rule, the current situation will not reduce the demand for energy-efficient and resource-saving infrastructure solutions. We’ve rigorously focused our company on our core businesses, green technologies and the growth markets of the future.”
“The same applies for the Middle East. In the region, there is a pressing need to accommodate rapidly growing populations,” he added.
Loescher continued, “This, in turn, requires investments in infrastructure and industries across the region, and these developments far outweigh any drop in the real estate segment.”
According to industry sources, there has been a marked increase in new tendering activity in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, though it could be post-Ramadan before most of these are signed off and translate into work on the ground. Libya, in the throes of reconstruction, offers another area of opportunity.
Siemens CEO commented, “In light of the recent events in the country and the transition it is going through, we are committed to helping rebuild it.”
“We completed earlier this year a fast-track program to restore full capacity at Misrata power plant and to repair the 400-kV Misrata substation to ensure uninterrupted electricity supplies to large parts of the population in the northwestern Libyan city. So we are already heavily involved and we see more opportunities opening up as reconstruction and the development of the economy continues to accelerate. We have a large installed base in the country, which ensures ongoing engagement and involvement for us,” Loescher concluded.