Vietnam to host APK in November

As one of the most important business partners of Germany in the region, Vietnam will host the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) in November 20 to 22, 2014 for the very first time.

In recent years, Vietnam has attracted an increasing number of German investors. This event has been organized biannually in Asia since 1986 and has evolved into one of the largest networking events in the region attracting both political and business leaders. Previous APK’s were hosted in India, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, China, Australia and Indonesia.

The conference is aimed to link Vietnamese enterprises with German business representatives, exchange information and experience on the opportunities of the Asia-Pacific region and create partnerships for the future.

The economic relationship between Germany and Vietnam experienced rapid growth shown by the total bilateral trade value of EUR 7.42 billion in 2013. German exports to Vietnam increased in the first half of 2014 by 4.3 per cent to reach EUR 935,000. But German imports from Vietnam fell during that period year over year by 7.1 per cent to EUR 2.77 billion.

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. It is a chance for both Vietnamese and German companies to explore investment opportunities, discuss cooperation potentials and exchange business experience among each others.

Co-organiser and local host of the APK are the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (AHK).

By Gia Linh

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