The D20 Sino-German Digital Leadership Forum brings leading German and Chinese digital companies together Tuesday (July 11, 2017) in the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg. Backed by the City of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein’s government and organised by Accenture GmbH and dgroup, the forum aims to forge even closer bilateral ties and to offer exclusive insight into the latest digital trends. The meeting also hopes to boost such skills in Hamburg as the “Digital Gate to the World”. China has become the largest and fastest growing digital market worldwide. Tech and business experts predict that the “Silicon Dragon” is on its way to become the leading, global digital innovation centre!
Otto, Airbus, Alibaba – 200 digital companies hold talks
Just days after the G20, around 100 digital companies, start-ups and politicians from China will meet with 100 leading digital companies from Hamburg and across Germany. They include 50 leading Chinese technology companies, innovative start-ups and global companies such as the e-commerce giant Alibaba-Group, Didi Taxi, We Doctor, NetEase/Koala and AliPay. The participating German firms include OTTO, Airbus, NXP, as well as Smaato, a leading Hamburg-based mobile company and partner of the D20-Forum. China’s Spearhead advertising agency bought Smaato in January.
“Silicon Dragon” in Hamburg – China’s growing digital market
“Not all Chinese 'Silicon Dragons’ are as well known in Germany as their counterparts in Silicon Valley. But that will change because China is the world’s largest and fastest growing digital market which has significant implications for European companies and their business,” said the organisers. “The Chinese digital advertising market is the world’s second largest with leading companies such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent from whom everyone can learn. We are getting to know different corporate cultures. It is an interesting process that always unfolds on an eye-level and is marked by respect,” said Ragnar Kruse, founder and CEO of Smaato.
Hamburg is a key digital location and many leading companies such as Otto Group, Xing, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox are either headquartered or have branches in the city. Hamburg is also pioneering the introduction of intelligent transport systems and aims to become a model of emobility.
Key guide for digital economy
“Our Chamber of Commerce is fully convinced that particularly in economically and politically insecure times, platforms such as the D20 Sino-German Digital Leadership Forum can prove urgently needed guides for the digital industries in China and Europe. We need a greater share of exchange, not less! Let’s discuss digital success factors in China and Germany and see what we can learn from each other,“ stressed Tobias Bergmann, President of the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg.
Olaf Rotax, Managing Director of dgroup, noted: “This meeting is very special to us all. The focus here is on understanding the enormous digital and technological power of innovation in China and Germany and their business models and success factors and to work together successfully in future. But the D20 is above all about friendship between our two countries.”
Most Chinese firms in Hamburg
Hamburg is known as “Han Bao” in Chinese. The city has over 550 Chinese companies, the most in Europe, and Hamburg is hailed as China’s “Gate to Europe”. Conversely, Hamburg is considered Germany’s bridge to the Chinese market. More than 700 firms from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region do business in China. The Chamber of Commerce Hamburg has hosted the Hamburg Liaison Office in Shanghai since 1986. It is the official representation office of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF), Hamburg Hafen Marketing e.V., the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg and Hamburg Tourismus GmbH in China. Hamburg and Shanghai are key global container ports and have been linked by a partnership since 2004.