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Jakarta Post

16th APK Conference to discuss Asia’s latest issues

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Indonesia   /   Mon, October 29, 2018   /   03:51 pm
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The 16th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) will be held in Jakarta for three days from Nov. 1 to 3. The leading German business event in the Asia-Pacific will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pacific Place, Jakarta.

As the biggest German business networking event in the Asia-Pacific region, the conference aims at attracting up to 1,000 participants, many of whom are decision-making representatives of business organizations and politics. The event will provide a platform for dialogue and many opportunities to strengthen business and personal relations among the participants.

Many business executives and government representatives, primarily from Germany and the Asia-Pacific region, will speak at the 16th APK about how to promote economic relations between Europe’s biggest economy and the fastest-growing region in ASEAN, including Indonesia in the world. Local experts will share insights on their region’s development.

In total, the conference will feature a total of 98 speakers from 27 countries. Among the speakers are Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Thomas Lembong, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati , Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Foreign Ministry policy analysis and development agency head Siswo Pramono, Astra International president director Prijono Sugiarto, Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Dr. Frank Appel, State Bank of India former chairwoman Arundhati Bhattacharya, Jumore vice president Ben Ghalmiz, Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld, Giesecke+Devrient CEO Ralf Wintergerst and Siemens president and CEO Joe Kaeser.

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This year’s conference will focus on topics of “Infrastructure in Asia”, “Digitalization and Innovation”, “Industry 4.0”, “Trade Policy” and “Political Stability and Security in the Asia-Pacific” with 15 conference sessions and six breakfast sessions. The breakfast sessions will cover Indonesia, ASEAN, Japan and Korea, South Asia and Greater China. There will also be one session on vocational education and training.

The event is co-chaired by Peter Altmaier, German federal minister for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and Dr. Hubert Lienhard, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA). The local host is the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in close cooperation with the government of Indonesia.

The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, established in 1986, has been held biennially in various locations in the Asia-Pacific region to provide a platform for economic leaders, business executives and government representatives to discuss and promote economic relations between Germany and the Asia-Pacific. The conference is jointly organized by the German federal minister for economic affairs and energy (BMWi), the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) and Germany’s bilateral Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information about the programs of the conference, please visit

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