Expansion and strengthening of the AHK network was made possible through support of the Federal Ministry for Economic
Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The delegations in Serbia and Ukraine were transformed into AHKs. The foundation ceremony
in Serbia took place on April 14 with DIHK’s managing director international economic relations Julia Arnold.
DIHK CEO Dr Martin Wansleben and Matthias Machnig, state secretary in the BMWi, inaugurated the AHK Ukraine on October 11
with more than 500 people in attendance.
A new AHK network location was inaugurated in Zambia on May 24 by former
German President Horst Köhler, Thomas Silberhorn, parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development, and Benjamin Leipold, managing director German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide
Network (AHK): This branch office of the AHK Southern Africa was set up together with the ExperTS program of GIZ,
the development agency of the German federal government.