Vietnam to host German Business’ Asia-Pacific conference

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The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business held in India in 2012. File photo The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business held in India in 2012. File photo


The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) will be held from November 20-22 in Ho Chi Minh City, expected to attract both political and business leaders in the region, the German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam said in a statement.
Thanks to the country’s fast growing economy and geographical advantages, Vietnam has attracted an increasing number of German investors in recent years, becoming one of the most important business partners of Germany in the region, the agency said.
The biannual event, which is held for the first time in Vietnam since 1986, is a chance for both Vietnamese and German companies to explore investment opportunities, discuss cooperation potentials and exchange business experience among each others, it said.
All interested Vietnamese companies are welcomed at the event to get in contact with German business representatives, exchange information and experience on the opportunities of the Asia-Pacific region and create partnerships for the future.
According to organizers, with more than 700 estimated participants, the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business is a platform for the exchange of ideas among companies and decision makers in Asia and a great opportunity to strengthen the business relationship between Germany and Vietnam.
Expected guests and speakers include Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Industry and Trade, Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment, Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The economic relationship between Germany and Vietnam experienced rapid growth shown by the total bilateral trade value of 7.42 billion euros (US$9.37) in 2013.
German exports to Vietnam increased in the first half of 2014 by 4.3 percent to reach 935,000 euros.
Further information on the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business is available at
Previous Asia-Pacific conferences were hosted in India, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, China, Australia and Indonesia.

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