Welcoming Address by Thomas Geisel - Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf
Patron of the SinoJobs Career Days in Düsseldorf
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the SinoJobs Career Days 2017 in the state capital of Düsseldorf! I am very excited that Düsseldorf is once again hosting this career and recruitment fair this year, and I am happy to sponsor it once more.
Düsseldorf is a popular, dynamic location for China and it holds a unique position because nowhere else in Europe have there been more direct Chinese investments in the last year than here. This record was also made possible by the city's economic growth with its Chinese centre of excellence that accompanies and supports Chinese investors along the Rhine.
The companies here offer highly attractive jobs to professionals working with China, and our city in the heart of Europe also benefits from its diverse Chinese infrastructure, its beautiful location on the Rhine, and a broad range of cultural life. And with its annual China Festival, the growing Chinese community thankfully shows its connection to the city's society.
Düsseldorf was the focus of special attention this year, especially in the Asian world, as the host city of the Table Tennis World Cup. I hope that you, too, will draw your eyes to Düsseldorf and take the opportunities that our strong economic position and livable city offer.
I wish all exhibitors and visitors to the SinoJobs Career Days 2017 a successful event in Düsseldorf.
Mayor of the
State Capital Düsseldorf
Welcoming Address by Josef Schmid - Second Mayor of the City of Munich - Head of the Department of Labor and Business
Patron of the SinoJobs Career Days in Munich
For five years the SinoJobs Career Days have been a fixture in the calendars of Munich-based companies who work with China.
Not only do companies based in Munich benefit from the convention, where they are able to recruit specialists in the Chinese market, but it also offers highly qualified workers from China the opportunity to find adequate employment in Munich. For Munich, as a business location, this means more hands-on cooperation with the important trade partner that is China.
About 60 companies currently have a branch or office in the Bavarian capital of Munich. A population of over 6,500 Chinese is proof of the increasing global significance of the Chinese economy, but is also an indication of the good standards of living and employment in Munich for foreign workers and companies.
The infrastructure plays no small part here: Munich's airport offers regular direct connections to the metropolises Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Numerous Chinese initiatives, associations, and institutions also make it easier for the families of Chinese workers to live in Munich.
Our goal is to continue building and intensifying the contact between China and Munich. For that reason, I hope that many of you who attend the SinoJobs Career Days 2016 will use it to strengthen your relations.
Second Mayor of the City of Munich
Head of the Department of Labor and Business
Welcoming Address by Ambassador Shi Mingde - Ambassador PR China for the Federal Republic of Germany
Being prominent trading nations and, not to mention, the second and fourth largest economies in the world, China and Germany have been engaged in cooperative development from a very early stage. In terms of Sino-European business cooperation, Germany is China's biggest partner when it comes to trade, investments and technology; likewise, China is Germany's biggest partner in Asia, and their fourth biggest partner globally. In 2015, the volume of trade between China and Germany reached 156.78 billion USD, making up roughly 1/3 of all Sino-European trade. China has also become Germany's primary source of imported goods.
The new normal of China's economic development presents fresh opportunities for Sino-German trade cooperation. First, profitable reforms resulting from advances and structural adjustments within Chinese industry will create ever-increasing flexibility for trade and investment cooperation; second, cooperation is growing steadily in emerging fields such as smart production, finance, ecological sustainability and e-commerce, shifting the focus of Sino-German cooperation altogether; third, we are in the process of constantly perfecting intergovernmental consultations, high-level fiscal and financial dialogues, the Economic Advisory Council and other mechanisms for bilateral communications, offering an improved framework for addressing concrete issues. These opportunities provide a huge boost to Sino-German cooperation in trade and innovation.
It pleases us to witness the rapidity at which Chinese enterprises have begun investing in German projects in recent years. The first half of 2016 saw the founding of nearly 2,000 companies in Germany funded with Chinese capital, with a total actual investment of over 10 billion USD. This has created a large number of new jobs for Germany- Huawei alone is responsible for providing thousands of jobs. At the same time, there are over 8,200 German enterprises active throughout China. Of special note are the quickly growing number of platforms and commercial/industrial parks which take full advantage of local Chinese industries and which are well-suited to the particularities of Sino-Chinese enterprise development. There are currently more than 10 commercial/industrial parks in China, either complete or under construction, that are oriented towards German cooperation, and which 360 German enterprises already call home. Small-to-mid-size enterprises and local cooperation are set to become the highlight of future Sino-German cooperation in innovation.
Talented individuals are the scarcest resource of all when it comes to social progress. The only way for companies to feed sustainable development and power steady innovation is to gain an advantage in the competition for talented professionals. Chinese students studying abroad in Germany get to experience two wholly different cultures and academic institutions. These students do not just create material wealth for enterprises in both countries, more importantly, they strengthen the "bonding agent" of mutual trust between our countries' enterprises and peoples.
For the past six years, as a China-focused recruitment platform, the SinoJobs Career Days have been an effective way to help to create countless connections between enterprises with talented individuals. Furthermore, this platform allows us to bear witness to case after case demonstrating the positive effects of Sino-German trade development on the German job market.
I give my best wishes to the success of the Sixth Annual SinoJobs Career Day.
Ambassador PR China
for the Federal Republic of Germany
Welcoming Address Dagmar Schmidt - Member of the German Parliament - Chairman of the German-Chinese Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament
The SinoJobs Career Days are a mirror of the German-Chinese relations: they are growing together and becoming ever more interlinked. More than 1,600 presenters are participating in the fair, all looking for young candidates from the two countries. Furthermore, in 2016 the People's Republic became for the first time Germany's most important trade partner. The economic cooperation between the two states is a complete success.
But it is not only the economic exchange between the two countries that is important, it is also the personal interaction. Chinese students are by now the second-largest group of foreign students in Germany: last year there were a total of 35,000. The number of German students in China is also continuouslygrowing over the years. The offers of the SinoJobs Career Days are ranging from training and apprenticeships to freelancing or dissertations. Theyprovide the applicants with the perfect opportunity for a personal intercultural exchange.
It is very exciting indeed when this exchange and experience is continued and strengthened in the professional world. I am delightedthat young people from Germany and China take up this unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
As the chairlady of the German-Chinese Parliamentary Group, I wish the SinoJobs Career Days a successful fair, and the participants all the best for their personal future.
Chairwoman of the German-Chinese Parliamentary Group
Welcoming Address by Ilse Aigner - Bavarian State Minister for Commerce and Media, Energy and Technology
With a trade volume of 29.3 billion EUR, the People's Republic of China is Bavaria's third-largest economic partner. This close relationship offers a wide variety of perspectives on the job market, from international players to the many innovative, mid-sized companies. Among the world-renowned German companies with headquarters in Bavaria are, among others, adidas, Audi, Allianz, BMW, MAN, Munich Re, Puma, Linde, and Siemens.
When it comes to new technology, Bavaria holds leading positions both domestically and internationally. Automotive technology, air/aerospace travel, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering in particular are constantly growing and highly innovative. This is only made possible through educated engineers and qualified, motivated employees.
The SinoJobs Career Days offers the opportunity to network with companies working both with and within China. Take the chance! We look forward to seeing you!
Bavarian Minister of State for Business and Media, Energy, and Technology