The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) took place in Hong Kong from 3rd to 5th November 2016 in Hong Kong. The conference was co-chaired by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and APA-Chairman Hubert Lienhard. In 2016 more than 1000 participants took part in the conference making it the biggest Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business of all times. The central topic of the conference was how business and politics from the Asia-Pacific and Germany can work together to encounter the momentum against free trade and open borders, a trend that is increasing globally. Frequently, the discussions centred on the question how the benefits of free markets can be communicated in a better way in order to win back the society’s acceptance of free markets. In addition, topics such as innovation, Industrie 4.0, environment technologies or sustainable urban planning were on the conference agenda.
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