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Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Peter Altmaier, and Chamber President, Ms Sabine Dall'Omo, in discussion about Digitalisation Africa

17.05.18 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

Over the years, the AHK World Conference has become the meeting point for all parties involved in German foreign trade promotion. This year, the conference took place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin.

The AHK World Conference brought together representatives from 90 countries to Berlin to engage with and discuss, not only current events, but also the issues surrounding the future of German foreign trade and the global economy. Employees of the various IHKs and AHKs and invited companies exchanged their experiences on how to compete successfully in world markets in the midst of what is currently a tumultuous environment. Another key issue touched upon on day one of the World Conference was the emergence of crypto-currencies.

The night of the second day of the AHK World conference was marked with a gala dinner, at which DIHK President Eric Schweitzer welcomed representatives from the political and industrial spheres as well as the associations and the AHK Managing Directors from around the world. He and the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, Walter Johannes Lindner, presided over the award ceremony of the Chamber of Commerce International School Competition, which is supported by both the Foreign Office as well as the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. This year, the winners of the Chamber of Commerce International School Competition hailed from Spain; the German foreign vocational school FEDA Madrid took first place among the 50 participants.

Day three of the World Conference dealt almost exclusively with globalisation and organisational operations in the context of the Digital Age. Keynote speakers addressed how digitalisation would affect company strategy and the “Global Village” as well as what factors could drive success for a company in this new age of digitalisation. Speakers reminded guests of the important role that bilateral Chambers of Commerce still have to play, particularly in the shift into this new era.