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Hamburg Chamber of Congress Celebrates 350 Years

Jubilee year celebrations to start with a key note by German president Joachim Gauck

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year. On 19 January 2015 as the day of the official ceremony German President Joachim Gauck will give a speech in the historic trading floor of the Chamber of Commerce in front of 1,500 guests from Hamburg, Germany, and the world. Further official addresses are being expected by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and other high-ranking officials. In the morning of 19 January, the Free and Hansesatic City of Hamburg will host a Senate reception in honour of the Chamber of Commerce.

Past, Present, and Future In View

“In the jubilee year, we will not only focus on our eventful history, but also to the same extent take a look into the future to advance Hamburg’s economy with energy and vigor”, said Prof Dr Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Therefore, a variety of activities and events are included in the jubilee programme.

Open Doors In June

A series of events on “Hamburg 2030” will thus address today’s achievements and define and develop visions for the next 15 years. On 20-21 June, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will open its doors to all locals and visitors to celebrate an interactive “Tag der offenen Tür”.

Exhibition And Books

Receptions on occasion of the jubilee will also held in the chamber’s foreign missions. In Hamburg, a permanent exhibition will be displaying the chamber’s history in the “house in the house”. In addition, there are three books thatdeal with different eras and aspects of the history of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

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Brief History

Founded on 19 January 1665 as “Commerz-Deputation”, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber of commerce in Germany. Originally, it consisted of seven members, elected among the city’s “honourable merchants.” Each member became president of the Commerz-Deputation during his last year in office. The Commerz-Deputation was officially recognised by the Hamburg Senate in 1674 as the representation of the city’s merchants. From 1710, all seven members of the Commerz-Deputation were also ex officio members of the Hamburg Parliament). In 1735, the Commerzbibliothek (Library of Commerce) was founded as the oldest library of its kind.

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