With the 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, we seek to intensify the exchange of Asian and German business partners. Economic growth in emerging markets is no longer as stable and booming as some years ago. We therefore want to use this conference to understand where future growth will take place in Asia, and which business trends will shape the next decade, we aim to learn from the success stories of our Asian partners. Topics, such as urbanisation and Industrie 4.0, will shape the conference’s agenda. At the same time, we will show Asian investors opportunities in Germany, and highlight our world leading sustainable and eco-friendly products. The conference shall also provide insights into broader political developments: political stability in Asia and the impact of new trade deals in the region.
Dr. Hubert Lienhard
Chairman of APA; President and CEO of Voith GmbH
Germany and the Asia-Pacific have a dynamic economic partnership. We want to build on this together. Market liberalisation and competitiveness have improved in the region in recent years, and broader sections of the population have been able to share the benefits. But if there is to be lasting growth, we must aim to open up markets on both sides. Germany is a centre of innovation at the heart of Europe which welcomes Asian businesses as partners in many different projects. The same must be true in the other direction, for example in collaboration on smart mobility, green technology - or "Industrie 4.0", which could revolutionise global economic cooperation. I look forward to discussing the prospects for this with you at the 2016 APK in Hong Kong.
Mr Sigmar Gabriel
German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
I warmly welcome the staging of the 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in Hong Kong. This is a strong testimonial underscoring Hong Kong’s advantages as the premier business, investment and logistics hub in the Asia-Pacific region and an ideal bridgehead to the thriving regional market. Germany is our close and valued business partner. In 2014, Germany continued to rank as our largest trading partner in the European Union with our bilateral merchandise trade reaching almost US$17 billion. Hong Kong offers a business-friendly environment, a low and simple tax regime, free flow of information and capital, world-class infrastructure and unrivalled connectivity to global, regional and the Mainland China markets. The Belt and Road Initiative forges closer ties among countries across Asia, Europe and Africa. It will also enhance business prospects for all. Hong Kong has a unique role as the “super-connector” which links up the vast market of Mainland China and the rest of the world. We are well-positioned to support the economic development across nations. Through sharing of insightful and constructive ideas among distinguished participants, the Conference participants will come up with innovative initiatives to tap the thriving business opportunities in our region. May I wish the Conference every success.
Mr Gregory So
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region