What are the strengths of the AHKs?
Two of the main strengths of the AHKs are their wide rea-
ching and resilient network and their many years of experi-
In 2019, our network will celebrate its 125th anniver-
sary, and the combined professional experience of the CEOs
of all the AHKs amounts to almost 1,000 years. This enables
us to give competent advice as a service provider and to
provide a valuable platform as a membership organization.
The third strength is the work of the AHKs in representing
the interests of business towards political organizations.
How do you know what businesses are interested in?
Due to our constant contact with customers and members,
we have an open ear for the needs of trade and industry
and we also hear about the concerns and wishes of compa-
nies. In addition, we regularly conduct surveys on business
expectations and risks and sometimes on special topics, for
example Brexit. This enables us to receive a representative
picture of business interests and to summarize them.
How and where do you present these interests to
The AHKs are well connected with decision makers in poli-
tics and administration. We keep in touch with our contacts
in Germany as well as in our host countries, participate in
delegation trips, trade fairs, and conferences. This makes us
a connecting link between business and politics and there-
fore an ideal mediator.
As neutral voices, AHKs can bring up
problems with the appropriate decision makers, present sug-
gestions for solutions, and organize crucial conversations.