Economy

The Asia-Pacific Conference - Conference of German Business

15th APK Hong Kong 2016

June 17th, 2016
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APK, Flagship event for business leaders, executives and government representatives aims to discuss and promote economic relations between Germany and Asia. The conference was first organized in 1986 and since then it has evolved into the largest German networking event in the region. It regularly attracts hundreds of business and political leaders from both regions to meet and greet. Co-organizers of the event are The Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

‘’The Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) together with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) of Germany are the co-organisers. The Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Banks (BdB) are the supporting parties of the APA''.

For the first time the 15th Asian-Pacific Conference will be held in Hong Kong to discuss business, networks and to strengthen personal and economic ties with the region. Chairman of APA; President and CEO of Voith GmbH Dr. Hubert Lienhard has outlined that with this conference they are seeking to intensify the exchange of Asian and German business partners.

A welcome reception will be held on 3rd November 2016, and will be followed by a two-day conference on the 4th and 5th. The event will cover a wide range of topics, amongst which are financing conditions in Germany and Asia-Pacific from a banking and a corporate perspective; Investment decisions and experiences of companies who are already located in Germany and how German and Asian business leaders are challenging the perception that the US is a leading trendsetter in IT field.

Previous APKs were held in Vietnam (2014), India (2012), and Singapore (2010). The 14th Asia-Pacific Conference’s theme was "Understanding Trends and Perspectives" and it focused on industries and trends of the future, where German and Asia-Pacific cooperation can improve. The two-day conference usually features over 20 topics, over 90 guest speakers and more than 800 participants from different countries. Delegates have the opportunity to discuss, listen and expand their network during the event.

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