Asia’s role in the world economy is growing. The APA wants to shape the future in partnership with Asia. Our principles are partnership, equal opportunity and sustainable development. German companies doing business with Asia promote the further integration of Asian and European economies. We want to improve market access and to develop trade and investment for German companies in Asia-Pacific as well as for companies from that region in Germany. The APA voices the concerns of German business to policy-makers in Germany and the Asia-Pacific region. It is the most important German forum for the formulation and discussion of Asia-Pacific-related economic and political strategies concerning German and Asian business interests.
The APA is a joint initiative and an umbrella organization of leading business federations – the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband). The APA bundels the economic concerns of German businesses active in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA supports in high-level economic talks during visits of Asian Government representatives in Germany and during visits of the German Federal Government in Asia. The APA’s main event is the bi-annual Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, co-organized with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Since February 2014 Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO, Voith GmbH, has been Chairman of the APA.