The Chamber of Commerce has announced the attendance of the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China as an honorary guest and keynote speaker at the Hamburg Summit 2016 after the Chinese government had confirmed his visit. This has prompted organisers to postpone the seventh “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” to be held in the Chamber of Commerce from September 14-16, 2016 to November 23-25, 2016. The incumbent vice premiers are Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yandong, Wang Yang and Ma Kai. The name will be announced shortly.
Digitization in Europe and China
The event targets mainly firms who are interested in political and economic developments in China and who seek to expand their networks in the region. The Chinese president’s “New Silk Road” initiative, growing internationalisation of the Chinese currency, investment flows between the EU and China as well as digitization in economies in Europe and China will be the main topics during discussions and keynote speeches.
The “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” has become one of the most important Sino-European conferences since it was launched in 2014. Then the conference attracted over 600 delegates and a visit by the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was one of the highlights.
Hamburg is China’s trade hub in Europe
For China, Hamburg is a gate to Europe. More than half of German foreign trade with China occurs via the port of Hamburg. Over 550 Chinese firms have branches in the city – more than in any other European metropolis. And over 600 Hamburg-based companies do business with China and manage their Chinese imports and exports for Europe from the Hanseatic city. Hamburg has been twinned with Shanghai since 1986.