This is the first AHK annual report.
The success of German trade and industry in international
competition is based not least on the strong AHK network,
which encompasses 99% of German foreign trade.
The Heseltine Report called it the most effective and most
integrated business support infrastructure: The AHKs are
described as consistent and coherent and as presenting
themselves as a single family to the business community.
Different regions of course require different activities and
support, but we are nevertheless a network, a family, and
we pursue the same goal everywhere. We are a trustworthy
partner for businesses – as a platform, service provider,
and the official representation of German business.
So it is high time that we as a family provide insight into the work
of about 1,900 AHK colleagues in more than 90 countries.
The annual report gives an impressive overview of what was
achieved in 2016 in supporting businesses on their way to
foreign countries and from the host countries to Germany.