Program

APK 2018 will address today’s most relevant topics like Industry 4.0, Infrastructure in Asia, Digitalization and Innovation or Smart and Sustainable Urbanization. You can download our program as a one-pager here.

01 November 2018
02 November 2018
03 November 2018

EVENING RECEPTION

Welcome Reception

AHK BREAKFAST SESSIONS

Breakfast Sessions

PANEL DISCUSSION

Minister Dialogue: The EU and Asia in the World Economy

This session provides a platform for dialogue between the trade and industry ministers of Asia-Pacific. Where will future growth take place and which trends will shape the future?

PANEL DISCUSSION

Connecting Asia and Europe: Belt and Road & Beyonds

The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) has been unclear and underestimated by the West in its first 5-year term. Not so in Asia, where it has triggered a modernization drive and even prompted other players to come up with their own initiatives. It is now high time to get a better understanding of the underlying strategies and recognize business opportunities, still with a critical view on the short term deficits and long-term challenges. Is it for western companies possible to play a relevant role for at all and if so, how?

TED TALK

Innovating in Asia

With tech-savvy populations and ready-to-take-risks businesses that embrace the opportunities of digitalization, Asia-Pacific has been constantly rising in the innovation ratings. The speed with which innovation is taking place in the region highlights the opportunities to cooperate across countries and sectors. But how to participate, who to partner with, and how to transfer innovation into other markets? This session looks at trends as well as cooperation models to learn from.

ARENA

Industrie 4.0

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things have become the trends in industrial production optimization over the past years. Smart solutions using artificial intelligence and machine learning allow for new production and design processes. At the same time, companies are faced with new challenges: Which requirements do digitization put on education and training? How can processes be standardized in order to enhance international cooperation?

PANEL DISCUSSION

Infrastructure Financing in Asia

The Asia-Pacific region is already home to more than half of the world’s population. The further growth to over 5 billion people by 2050 and an intensifying urbanization raise infrastructure investment demand in various countries to improve streets, tracks, harbors, and airports. What has to be done and what can be done to improve collaboration between German banks and companies on the one and Asian countries, banks, and companies on the other hand?

ARENA

Smart and Sustainable Urbanization: Making Cities Work

With the 16th APK taking place in one of the region’s megapolises, the panel looks at cities as significant incubators for innovation, economic development, and social progress. Governments need to work together with companies to create ecosystems that allow for both thriving businesses and livable cities, with an efficient and clean use of resources. This panel stimulates a discussion on energy and circular economy in the context of smart solutions for prosperous cities.

ARENA

Business Practices in a Digital World

Digitalisation of supply chains has already changed many aspects of life. Buzzwords such as “Industry 4.0” are wide spread, as are cross-channel business models. This panel, however, will take a behind-the-scenes look and check the B2B sector in the context of digitalization. B2B companies serve as the backbone of the industry, retailers, carpenters or restaurants, as they provide them with all the products they need. But these services and the way they are provided also undergo major changes in the course of digitalization. How do B2B companies turn into agile businesses to be able to navigate this digital world and what kind of business culture is needed to implement digital transformation? What are the challenges, benefits and drawbacks?

EVENING RECEPTION

Evening Reception

AHK BREAKFAST SESSIONS

Breakfast Sessions

TED TALK

Keynote: Cyber vs Security?

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things change the environment for businesses and increase their vulnerability to cyber risks. As business and production processes move into the digital sphere, applications collect more and more business data and sensitive information in areas such as finance, healthcare, telecommunications or mobility. Experts estimate that only about 20% of these data are public. Consequently, there is a huge interest in the remaining 80% of data. As a result, the speed and sophistication of cyber-attacks rises. Securing non-public customer and business data becomes a top-priority for businesses and requires smart encryption and data security strategies.

ARENA

Mobility of the Future

Over the course of history, more and more people and goods moved ever faster across growing distances. However, the more everyone and everything moves, the greater are the challenges in terms of logistics and sustainability. Given the global trend towards urbanization, how can millions of people and goods be moved within confined spaces efficiently and sustainably?

TED TALK

Artificial Intelligence: Trends in Asia and Europe

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is edging its way into our lives at multiple levels and is bringing new opportunities while also raising questions. The panel focuses on two sectors where AI is being implemented and already a reality: manufacturing and healthcare. The rise of AI and big data analytics is set to revolutionize the way businesses manage their production lines and customer services. As healthcare embraces digital technologies, the potential of big data will change the way we deliver healthcare and shape future research and development.

PANEL DISCUSSION

Asia’s Consumer of the Future

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half the world’s population. Rising income, growing middle classes and an increasing trend of individualisation lead to new markets for consumer goods. On top of this comes a high internet penetration rate and a general openness to e-commerce among the comparatively young population. Does this make the average Asian consumer the “Consumer of the future”? What are prospects for “personalized shopping”? The panel aims to answer these questions and show the trends of tomorrow.

OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE

An Oxford-style Debate on Trade Policy

“Fair trade” has become a new buzzword since Donald Trump vowed to make U.S. trade relations more “equal” and less “unfair” than they used to be, at least in his opinion. The allure of fair trade is obvious because who would dare to speak out against fairness? But there is a danger in replacing the idea of free trade with that of fair trade. Free trade is defined by the general absence of force and coercion, but fair trade is always a matter of perspective and – more often than not – requires market interventions. These interventions may seem fair to one party but unfair to another. The motion “Stop Free Trade: The World Needs Fair Trade!” must therefore be put up for debate.

ARENA

Political Stability and Security in Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific has become the key driver of global defense spending – increasing its global share from 20% in 2010 to 33% by 2020. This arms race is a reflection of growing geopolitical tensions in the region, for example on the Korean peninsula, in the East and South China Sea, or in the China-India-Pakistan triangle. At the heart of the shifting regional security dynamic lies the question, how China will interpret its role as the new dominant regional power.

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