Economy and Environment

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Economic Cooperation

Economic cooperation is a main focus of the overall bilateral relations between Germany and Hong Kong. In this section we provide an overview of the active commercial relationship between Hong Kong and Germany.

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Essen awarded "European Green Capital 2017"

The German city of Essen won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, good management of its acoustic environment and efforts to reduce water consumption. The European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from the 2016 holder, Ljubljana, to the city of Essen on 21 January 2017. Find out more about this European Green Capital in the link below.

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Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.

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InvestHK releases German publication "Deutsche Fallstudien"

The government body of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region responsible for promoting Hong Kong as the leading international business location in Asia, Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), has released the German case study publication "Deutsche Fallstudien" in cooperation with German Industry and Commerce Ltd. / German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong. In the publication, 14 German companies in Hong Kong are introduced and given as examples to illustrate why they chose Hong Kong as an investment location. The publication is free of charge and can be retrieved in the following link.

15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business

15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in Hong Kong from 3 to 5 November 2016

The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business – register now! Download the conference app and start planning your participation today. For more information on the conference and sponsorship, click on the following link.

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Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong

In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:

Facts about Germany

New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages

“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.

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Port of Hamburg awarded "Best Seaport – Europe 2015"

The Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest seaport, was elected "Best Seaport – Europe 2015". For the full story, please visit the following link.

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Foreign Trade Promotion

Foreign Trade Promotion is one of the core tasks of the Federal Foreign Office. Our missions around the world work closely with the Federal Ministry of Economics, the German Chambers of Commerce and the Germany Trade & Invest (GTaI) to support and advise German companies operating overseas.

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Germany as a Location for Business and Investment

Germany's location at the heart of Europe gives foreign investors and visitors to trade fairs access to the entire European Union market. Make use of this opportunity!

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Germany has the EU’s largest innovation system. It supports an export-oriented economy with a thick layer of internationally competitive firms, notably in manufacturing....


LOGISTICS made in Germany - Your Gateway and Hub to Europe

Welcome to Germany - Europe's number one logistics location! There are more goods passing through Germany than through any other country in Europe. The "Logistics Alliance Germany" is an initiative by the Federal Government to strengthen Germany as Europe's gateway and logistics hub. Find out more about the alliance's activities, upcoming trade shows, publications, and its members on the following website: A flyer with comprehensive information and 10 good reasons for Germany – as Europe's number one logistics location number - can be downloaded from the link below.

Environmental Policy

The Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is responsible for environmental affairs within the Federal Government of Germany. To understand its work better, please feel free to visit its official website:

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The Gateway to Environmental Technology

The Internet portal "Cleaner Production Germany" is an initiative of the Federal Environmental Agency, providing you with comprehensive information about German environmental technologies and services. For further details, please visit:

The German Energy Agency (dena)

The German Energy Agency (dena) is the competence centre for energy efficiency and renewable energies.

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Energy Efficiency Export Initiative

The Energy Efficiency Export Initiative was launched by the German Ministry for Economics and Technology. It will help you establish contacts with German companies and experts in this field. For further information, please visit:

German Water Partnership

The German Water Partnership is a platform that coordinates activities in the field of water management, promotes innovation and pools information. For further information, please visit:

German Asia-Pacific Business Association

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Germany - Land of Ideas

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