Have you met Johannes Hauser?
From time to time, we interview people of the German Centre network. We want to learn who they are – and drill down on their dedication and commitment towards the German Centres.
Johannes Hauser has been firmly anchored in the DIHK organization since his studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Economics in Reutlingen. He has been with CAMEXA in Mexico since 1993. After a short stopover at the German-Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Central America and the Caribbean in Guatemala City, he has been Managing Director of CAMEXA since 2004, and since then supports German company with his team of 35 people in Mexico. An important focus of his work is the qualification of employees for manufacturing companies. To do this, he adopted the idea of dual training from Germany and thus closes an important gap in the education system with the training of qualified skilled workers. The father of three cordially invites everyone to get to know the country and share his fascination.
Johannes Hauser, what fascinates you most in your current job at CAMEXA?
I really like the wealth of variants in my job. Every workday is different, not even similar to the other days. There is so many different tasks to do, I am in touch with manifold companies from all different industries - and Mexico itself is such a diverse and multifaceted country. My job allows me to come to the office highly motivated every morning and to learn something new every single day. That’s what fascinates me in my job!
CAMEXA has been located in the German Centre Mexico since 2003. What do you appreciate most?
Everything works properly at the German Centre. This might be an unpretentious fact, but this allows us to fully concentrate on our tasks. Here in the German Centre, we are very close to our members and in the midst of the German business community in Mexico. German Centre and CAMEXA basically have the same focus: Supporting especially medium-sized German companies in entering and doing business in the Mexican market. We from CAMEXA provide guidance in the sometimes confusing market, deliver information, answer questions and help in many aspects so that companies can grow. The German Centre solves the location issue and is, so to say, the home away from home for German companies.
What do Mexicans and Germans have in common – and in which field are they totally different?
It is a clichée – but it is like it is: The love of football and a foaming beer unites Mexicans and Germans and is always a good small talk topic. What is different is their approach to work: Germans are very structured, conceputal and organized, Mexicans are way more spontaneous, creative and intuitive. It is a challenge to pool these characteristics, but many German companies proove that it works and are very successful in the market.
Why should a German company reach out for the Mexican market?
Mexico has about 130 million inhabitants, it is the 11th largest country of the world and ranks 15 of the worlds largest economies. Keeping that in mind, it would be presumptuous not to have a closer look into the opportunities. Additionally, Mexio has many Free Trade Agreements. This allows customs-free access to huge markets, including the European Union and the United States and Canada. The United States are the largest single market in the world and the geographic proximity to Mexico is a significant advantage to export from Mexico.
What is your favourite workplace tradition at the German Centre?
The public viewing at the German Centre during the Football World Championships! Every four years, that’s an adventure of epic proportions for all football fans. A few hundered people, families and friends celebrate a great party at the German Centre. In the meantime, the German Centre has become well-known for this very special event. I heard that it will take place in November again, when the championships take place in Qatar. We are prepared!