PROGRAMME
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  • 3rd November 2016

    • 19:00 - 22:00

      Welcome Reception (closed to media)

      Location: Grand Hyatt The Podium (11th Floor)

  • 4th November 2016

    • 07:45 - 08:45
      Breakfast Sessions

      Greater China

      Location: Renaissance Harbour View - Concord Room (German Language)

      The Greater China working breakfast will provide you with updates on the political and economic situation in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Our speakers will highlight the impact of the current developments on German companies operating in Greater China and provide first-hand information on the ongoing economic transition and the strategic positioning of German business. Other focal areas will include opportunities and challenges in Industrie 4.0 as well as the increased competition with Chinese companies.

       

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    • 07:45 - 08:45

      South Asia

      Location: Grand Hyatt 11/F - Pool House

      MODI AT HALF TURN - German Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney; IGCC Director General, Peter Deubet and Senior Vice President SAP Labs, Clas Neumann will give an insight into the Political and Economic situation of India with the Modi Government reaching half term of the legislative tenure.

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    • 07:45 - 08:45

      Free Trade Agreements

      Location: Renaissance Harbour View - Oasis Room (German Language)

      What will change with the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the European Union (EU)? And what influence will the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) have on the business location Vietnam? Why is the FTA between Singapore and the EU still not in force as negotiations have already been concluded since about 1.5 years? What results did the FTA between Korea and the EU deliver and what are the learnings for future FTA negotiations? These are some of the topics the breakfast session will focus on. But also other FTAs between the EU and countries in the Asia-Pacific-Region will be discussed.

    • 09:30 - 10:00
      Conference Opening

      Welcome & Opening

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

    • 10:00 - 11:15
      Panel Discussion

      Ministers' Dialogue

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

      Some Asian economies seem to be stuck in the middle-income trap. Structural reforms could help these economies to overcome the trap and transit into high income economies. Which reforms should governments prioritise? Another trend that is shaping policy agendas is the proliferation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in the region. Will ever more FTAs in Asia be completed? In comparison, Europe is involved in FTA negotiations with Asia to a much smaller extent. How is this perceived in the region?

    • 11:15 - 11:45

      Coffee Break

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

    • 11:45 - 13:00
      Keynote and Panel

      The Future of the World Economy

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

      Lower economic growth rates in China and many emerging economies currently influence the debate on the future of the world economy. This period of low growth rates could be prolonged if 2016 marks the end of the expansive monetary policy regime in the US. How could Asian emerging markets overcome their growth decrease despite monetary tightening? Will China be able to expand its economic power and further strengthen the role of the RMB compared to the dollar?

    • 13:00 - 14:15

      Networking Lunch

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

    • 14:15 - 15:30
      Arena

      Mobility and Urbanisation - Cities of the Future

      Location: HKCEC Hall C

      Efficient, sustainable urban planning of our cities will continue to shape global social and economic policy agendas. Asians and Germans have different but perhaps complementary planning tools and processes – key areas for cooperation need to be identified and expanded upon. The opportunities are numerous: First and foremost public transportation and e-mobility but also city service infrastructures, waste management and green architecture – these options need to be turned into opportunities.

    • 14:15 - 15:30
      Panel Discussion

      Corporate Financing in a World of Diverging Growth Performance

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 1

      Growth prospects across the world economy remain uneven. Growth in advanced economies has picked up slightly, while it has declined in emerging markets and developing economies. With low commodity prices, depreciating emerging market currencies and diverging monetary policies, corporate companies have to cope with diverging financing conditions and increasing financial market volatility. The panel will discuss financing conditions in Germany and Asia-Pacific from a banking and a corporate perspective.

    • 14:15 - 15:30
      Introspeech and Panel

      Business Location Germany – Strategies for Successful Market Entry (Start: 14:30)

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 2

      Germany is located in the world’s largest single market. More than half a billion consumers are geographically within arm’s reach. The GDP contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union’s four leading member states alone is sufficient to form the ninth strongest economy internationally. Businesses located in Germany can easily reach out to new markets in the east, while servicing existing markets in the west. Many companies seeking to tap into European markets are successfully entering and establishing operations in Germany first. As a global industry and technology location, Germany provides the optimal conditions for maintaining international competitiveness. The panel discussion provides rich opportunity to learn from the investment decisions and experiences of companies who have already located to Germany.

    • 15:30 - 16:00

      Coffee Break

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

    • 16:00 - 17:15
      Arena

      Industrie 4.0

      Location: HKCEC Hall C

      The German industry is at the forefront of databased manufacturing and innovation in the area of Industrie 4.0. Nevertheless, looking at innovation in IT, rather the US and Silicon Valley are perceived as trendsetters. How do Asian and German business leaders aim to challenge this perception? Will they, in the future, move more in the direction of design-thinking and databased design instead of databased manufacturing? Which chances do new online opportunities – like market places, open sourcing and cloud computing – for traditional industries offer? Taking a close look at Industrie 4.0, the session shall provide an opportunity to analyse challenges for Industrie 4.0 in Germany and Asia-Pacific (e.g. cyber security, infrastructure framework).

    • 16:00 - 17:15
      Panel Discussion

      From E-Commerce to Mobile-Commerce – Adjusting to Tomorrow’s Customers

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 1

      Consumers in Germany and the Asia-Pacific region do not only behave differently, the behaviours are also changing very quickly – in both cases. With a steadily increasing number of mobile devices and a growing acceptance of mobile shopping, the market is changing from E-Commerce to Mobile-Commerce (M-Commerce). Manufacturers, traders and distributors have to adjust to these new trends while opening up new markets and opportunities. At the same time, new regulations, certification, and product accreditation requirements are increasing.

    • 16:00 - 17:15
      Talk Show Debate

      Greening Asia: Businesses and Technologies for a Better Environment

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 2

      In much of Asia, the path to prosperity has been a trade off at the expense of severe environmental degradation. The challenge for governments and companies now is how to improve the environment without sacrificing economic growth, for a healthier environment and to meet international commitments to cut carbon emissions. In environmental protection, German technology is especially welcome in Asia. What does it take to be successful in the market and how can this potential be better utilized for mutual benefit?

    • 19:00 - 22:00

      Evening Reception (closed to media)

      Location: Asia Society

  • 5th November 2016

    • 07:45 - 08:45
      Breakfast Sessions

      ASEAN

      Location: Renaissance Harbour View - Concord Room I (German Language)

      The German-ASEAN Business Council takes a look at the AEC and the changes it brought in the first year of implementation. How did the economic conditions change? How is the experience of German business people in the region, according to the AHK ASEAN Business Climate Survey 2016? And what to expect in the coming years, based on the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025?
      After a general overview, the representatives of the different AHKs will provide short assessments regarding the growth potential of major industry sectors in the region.

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    • 07:45 - 08:45

      Oceania

      Location: Grand Hyatt 11/F - Pool House

      When expanding into Asia-Pacific consider partnering with an Australian or New Zealand company, with well-established channels into the Asian market. This may seem an unusual approach but come and hear from those who have successfully experienced the advantages of this strategy. Leading German companies BayWa and Dr Oetker will share their experiences with you in this informative breakfast session moderated by the CEOs of the German Chambers in Australia and New Zealand.

    • 07:45 - 08:45

      Japan & Korea

      Location: Renaissance Harbour View - Oasis Room (German Language)

      South Korea and Japan are both significant economies and high-tech countries struggling with their own economic growth potential. Being partners and competitors at the same time, how do the two countries overcome the challenge of low growth? Coming up with similar answers, what are the drivers for change in business and society? What is the impact for German companies doing business in Korea and Japan?

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    • 07:45 - 08:45

      Dual Vocational Education and Training

      Location: Renaissance Harbour View - Concord Room II & III (German Language)

      An overview of the increasing needs of businesses in the Asia-Pacific to find and bind highly qualified personnel to safely operate the machinery of the 21st century. A discussion of methods to bridge the skills gap in the Asia-Pacific as well as a short introduction to dual vocational training in the region, particularly in China and Malaysia and the future outlook for this educational model.
       

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    • 09:30 - 10:45
      Panel Discussion

      Trade Policy in the 21st Century: How to Promote Trade?

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

      Bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements are of growing importance in recent years; what does the spaghetti bowl of increasing bilateral trade agreements mean in the end for the multilateral trading system and for companies? On the one hand, social, environmental and consumer rights standards have become more and more important in the public debate on trade policy; on the other hand, there is widespread reluctance to integrate such provisions in trade agreements in particular in developing countries; what is the leverage to shape globalisation by bilateral trade agreements.

    • 10:45 - 11:15

      Coffee Break

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

    • 11:15 - 12:30
      Arena

      Asia-Pacific – Tomorrow’s Driver of Global Innovation

      Location: HKCEC Hall C

      Asia’s share of global research and development is expected to climb to 40 percent this year. The region is replacing the North American economies as the global R&D driver. Especially China is fueling many of these changes. What are other drivers of R&D in Asia and where does their innovative power stem from? What are barriers to even more success? The rise of innovation in Asia is not a win-lose game. It will support prosperity and growth in the region, while providing opportunities for advanced economies to participate in both.

    • 11:15 - 12:30
      Panel Discussion

      Infrastructure in Asia

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 1

      The demand for new infrastructure capacities in power generation, water supply, telecommunications and transportation networks is huge in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategic infrastructure projects such as China’s New Silk Road Initiative have the potential to improve the interconnectivity of Asian economies and promote sustainable growth. Large amount of capital is needed from the governments, international institutions like the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the private sector. A legal and regulatory framework that guarantees fair treatment of all market participants, secures investments and protects intellectual property rights must be developed. How can German companies benefit from the opportunities with infrastructure development projects in Asia, but also avoid potential risks?

    • 11:15 - 12:30
      Panel Discussion

      CSR - Value-Driven Business Strategies

      Location: HKCEC Theatre 2

      Corporate Social Responsibility has evolved from a buzzword to standard business practice. With consumers paying increasingly interest to manufacturing and sourcing processes of products, companies have aligned their operations with these social values. But to what extent do consumption decisions really influence corporate CSR strategies in Asia and Europe? Caught between these voluntary standards and official regulations, there is also an ongoing discussion about the effectiveness of binding standards and finding a balance with entrepreneurial freedom. What is the key to successful CSR strategies?

    • 12:30 - 14:00

      Networking Lunch

      Location: Grand Hyatt Ballroom

    • 14:00 - 15:30
      Panel Discussion

      National Economic Policies - Boon or Bane?

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

      In a fast evolving global market, economies have to adapt quickly in order to stay in the race. Three key global players in the Asia-Pacific region have implemented different national economic reforms in an attempt to boost their global competitiveness: “Made in China 2025”, “Make in India”  and “Abenomics”. In the EU, growth shall be achieved through infrastructure improvement, however, "Brexit" puts policies into perspective and the questions remain: How can economies gain competitive advantages? Do these policies address the needs of the private sector?

    • 15:30 - 16:00

      Coffee Break

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

    • 16:00 - 17:30
      Panel Discussion

      Political Stability and Security in Asia-Pacific

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

      China’s rise as a global power is the core issue in contemporary debates on political stability and security in Asia-Pacific. Under Xi Jinping, China has taken on a more active role in the world and has become more assertive towards its neighbours. At the same time, political control mechanisms inside the People’s Republic have been tightened. As economic growth slows and market volatility rises, new challenges for the countries in Asia-Pacific arise. This session will discuss possible paths for Asia’s security and stability. How will China’s political stability reflect on security constellations in the region and on the country’s own view of foreign affairs?

    • 17:30 - 18:00
      Conference Closing

      Closing Plenary

      Location: HKCEC Plenary Hall

    • 18:00 - 20:00

      Farewell Get-Together

      Location: HKCEC Main Foyer

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