Germany presented itself successfully as a country of modern and innovative designs at the Business of Design Week (BoDW), which closed on 3rd December, 2011. Renowned German design experts informed about the latest design developments at the BoDW Forum and German companies presented design solutions at the concurrent Inno Design Tech Expo. Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, visited BoDW as the German guest of honour. Young designers from Germany also took part at the "Detour" side programme of BoDW.
Successful Seminar on "Energy Efficient Buildings for Hong Kong - Green Solutions Made in Germany"
On 25 October 2012, the German Consulate General together with German Industry and Commerce Ltd. / German Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong (GIC/GCC) and its non-profit initiative "econet China" successfully conducted a public seminar on building energy efficiency. The German Consul General in Hong Kong, Mr. Werner Hans Lauk, and the Executive Director of GIC/GCC, Mr. Wolfgang Ehmann, opened the seminar with their respective welcome addresses. 120 participants took part in the event which was financed by the Climate Fund of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Building energy efficiency plays a key role in Hong Kong's efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. However, the city's metropolitan and densely populated environment in a subtropical climate must be taken into account.
Experts and company representatives from Germany - a world leader in offering innovative solutions for the building sector, putting special emphasis on building quality and energy efficiency - presented practical solutions relevant to the Hong Kong situation. They focused on building automation, certification and other important aspects such as lighting and elevators "made in Germany". The seminar also featured product displays of German companies active in the building efficiency sector.
More information is available at: www.amiando.com/GBfHK.
Programme [pdf, 180.15k]
Germany's Pinot Noir prevailed in an international blind wine tasting in Hong Kong
The German Wine Institute organised in mid-January 2013 the "Pinot Noir Challenge" in Hong Kong - a blind wine tasting of 20 Pinot Noirs from Germany and 20 from other nations. The German wines enjoyed a huge success against a selection of international Pinot Noirs by the Hong Kong Wines Judges Association: eight of the top 10, including the top five, were German wines. The jury of the challenge included famous wine experts and critics from Asia, who were very much convinced by the high quality and stylistics of German Pinot Noirs. In the first "Pinot Noirs Challenge" in 2011 in London, German Pinot Noirs had already claimed seven places of the top 10.
The result of the "Pinot Noir Challenge" can be found under the following link.
© Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH
Top 10 of the "Pinot Noir Challenge" in Hongkong
Strong German participation at HOFEX 2013 in Hong Kong - Asia-Pacific's leading food and hospitality tradeshow from 7 - 10 May 2013
The German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) – through its programme of international fairs and under the roof “made in Germany” – offered an opportunity for German SMEs to join an official trade fair participation at this year’s HOFEX in Hong Kong for the second time. This leading food and hospitality tradeshow in the Asia-Pacific region took place from 7 to 10 May 2013 in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. For further questions please contact:
Dr. Jan de Graaf – German Food Asia Co., Limited –
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To further deepen the co-operation between Germany and Hong Kong in wine-related businesses, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Peter Bleser and the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong Andrew Wong signed on the opening day of the international wine and spirit exhibition “Vinexpo Asia-Pacific” in Hong Kong a corresponding Declaration of Intent.
Riesling Weeks from 4 to 19 May 2013 in Hong Kong
The German Wine Institute ("Wines of Germany") organised the global campaign "Riesling Weeks" from 4 to 19 May 2013 for the first time in Hong Kong. The internationally successful campaign had begun in 2006 in the USA. The objective of the campaign is to promote the awareness and knowledge of German Riesling as well as its unique taste worldwide, during which in Hong Kong the topic "pairing Riesling with Asian food" played a particular role.
In addition, the German Wine Princess 2012-2013, Natalie Henninger, was expected during the two-week campaign in Hong Kong and visited the participating restaurants and caterers.
A list of all participating restaurants and caterers in the Riesling Weeks can be found under the link below or under: rieslingweeks.germanwines.de .
List of participating restaurants and caterers [pdf, 150.4k]
Perfect Pairings: Hong Kong's culinary delights and German wines in Mainz
To showcase the perfect match of Chinese food and German wines, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin together with the German Wine Institute organised an extraordinary lunch event "Perfect Pairings" in Restaurant Bootshaus on April 27 (Berlin time) in Mainz, Germany.
A team from the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI) of the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong tantalised the taste buds of about 70 guests from the wine industry, the hotel and hospitality industry and the media with Chinese cuisine. Their sophisticated creations were paired up with the finest German wines, selected by Hong Kong-based master of wine Ms Jeannie Cho Lee.
© Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
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On Friday, 29 November 2013, the container vessel sailing under German flag "Cap San Augustin" was christened. "Cap San Augustin" belongs to the German shipping company "Hamburg Süd".
The naming ceremony took place in the presence of the German Consul General in Hong Kong, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff.
Naming ceremony of container vessel "Cap San Augustin"
Riesling Weeks Hong Kong from 1 to 30 June 2014
The German Wine Institute ("Wines of Germany") organised the global campaign "Riesling Weeks" from 1 to 30 June 2014 once again in Hong Kong. The internationally successful campaign began in 2006 in the USA. The objective of the campaign is to promote the awareness and knowledge of German Riesling as well as its unique taste worldwide, whereas in Hong Kong the topic "pairing Riesling with Asian food" played a particular role.
In addition, the 2014 German Wine Queen, Nadine Poss, was in Hong Kong during the first week of the campaign and visited participating restaurants and caterers.
A list of all participating restaurants and caterers in the Riesling Weeks can be found under the link below.
Riesling Weeks Hong Kong
Strong German participation again at HOFEX 2015 in Hong Kong
This year’s HOFEX - Asia-Pacific's leading food and hospitality tradeshow - featured culinary highlights of 57 countries, among them products of more than 30 German companies, such as sweets, dried fruits, energy drinks, coffee, ham, meat, dairy products, spices, beer, wine, etc. To enhance the experience, guests were invited to taste typical German meals in the on-site restaurant at the official German pavilion, hosted and financed by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Two well-known German chefs prepared white asparagus, cold meat salad and other typical German dishes. For further information on German food products, please refer to the website of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries.
The Federation of German Food and Drink Industries
Energy Forum 20: Renewables and Electricity Market Reform
The "Energy Forum 20: Renewables and Electricity Market Reform", co-organised by Civic Exchange and WWF Hong Kong and sponsored by the Consulate General, took place successfully on 11 May 2015 with more than a hundred participants. The event gave floor to a lively discussion on the latest policy landscape for promoting renewable energy at the international and national levels, and provided a platform for sharing best practices and experiences in renewable energy development. One of the speakers Mr. Oliver Frank, Head of Division for Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Mobility atthe German Energy Agency (dena), pointed out the importance of renewable energy for Germany's "Energiewende" (energy transition). A summary of his presentation can be read under the following link:
Every year the German Federal Foreign Office funds a wide range of climate projects worldwide. This year, special focus is being placed on the preparations of the annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) - the Sustainable Innovation Forum to be held on 7-8 December 2015 in Paris, which will be a platform for businesses to present innovative solutions to cope with climate change.
17 June 2015 marked the “European Climate Diplomacy Day”. On this occasion, the German Consulate General, together with the Consulates General of France and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, organised a film screening at the Fringe Club. During the well-attended event the German documentary “Taste the Waste”, provided by the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, was presented. This film illustrates in a drastic and shocking manner how in our modern, “throw-away” society food waste is generated and how individuals and environmentalists try to make a difference. Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, the Hon. Wong Kam-sing, also attended the screening and gave an opening speech, together with the German Consul General, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and the Head of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Vincent Piket.
European Climate Diplomacy Day 2015
The arrival of more than a million migrants and refugees in Europe over the past year has revealed deep divisions among EU member states over open borders and the sharing of burden. While the huge inf...
Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Michael Fuchs
The German Wine Institute (DWI) took part in this year's Vinexpo in Hong Kong (24-26 May 2016) to present a representative selection of wines from Germany's wine-growing regions. In addition to the tasting counter at the German pavilion, the DWI also offered several master classes.
Vinexpo Hong Kong
Riesling Weeks is back in town for its fourth running and will take place from 1 June to 30 June 2016. June sees a month-long celebration of this classic German grape and it has kicked off in style with Katharina Fladung, the German Wine Princess 2015-2016, who hosted a walk-around tasting on 30 May 2016.
German Pavilion at Hong Kong's Eco Expo Asia from 26 to 29 October 2016
The Eco Expo Asia, the leading international trade platform for green business in Asia, took place for the eleventh time from 26 October to 29 October at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in conjunction with the Environment Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the fair focused on the theme "Green Solutions for a Changing Climate" this year and featured environmental protection products, services and technologies in areas including Air & Water Quality, Energy Efficiency & Energy, Green Building, Waste Management & Recycling and Eco-friendly Products. In 2016, a total of 325 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions participated in the fair and a record number of visitors of 13,458 was recorded.
For further details, please refer to the attachment below and the website of the Eco Expo Asia:
Information flyer [pdf, 906.27k]
Successful German joint participation at HOFEX 2017 in Hong Kong
This year's HOFEX - Asia-Pacific's leading food and hospitality tradeshow - took place from 8 May to 11 May 2017 in Hong Kong. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), has organised an official German joint participation at HOFEX for the fourth time and sponsored a German Pavilion at HOFEX 2017 where a wide range of high-quality products of more than 25 German SMEs, such as sweets, dried fruits, pastries, juices, energy drinks, tea, coffee and accessories, meat and dairy products, natural food, spices and seasonings, could be found.
More information on German food products is available in the attachment below and on the website of the BMEL: www.bmel.de/en.
Official German joint participation at HOFEX 2017 [pdf, 179.69k]
Riesling Weeks was back in town for its fifth running. Christina Schneider, German Wine Princess 2016-2017, came to Hong Kong and kicked off a month-long celebration of this classic German grape.
Riesling Weeks 2017