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 in the City of Düsseldorf! I am thrilled that Düsseldorf is once again playing host to this event, an event which provides the opportunity to network with potential employers working with and within China.
The dragon is dancing in Düsseldorf - as a leading location for Chinese business in Germany and Europe, Düsseldorf is becoming ever more significant. Around 330 Chinese companies are already based in Düsseldorf, and the region has been able to acquire the most Chinese investment projects Europe-wide. Numerous companies from the region are also entertaining economic relationships with China.
The growing Chinese community can thus build upon a corresponding structure in Düsseldorf. For instance, the new Chinese general consulate opened in Düsseldorf last year. Direct flights from Düsseldorf to China make this exchange even easier. The annual China Festival, as well as the city partnership with Chongqing, are evidence of Düsseldorf's outstanding relations with China and they show how great Düsseldorf's - and its residents' - interest in China, its culture, and its customs is.
I was very happy to sponsor the SinoJobs Career Days in Düsseldorf, and I wish both the presenters and the attendees a successful convention.
Mayor of the City of 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 Jo Leinen - Member of the European Parliament
The SinoJobs Career Days are being held in Düsseldorf and Munich for the sixth time as of this year. This ongoing success clearly shows how great the interest in a cooperation with China is, both in Germany as well as Europe as a whole. As the chairman for the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China in the European Parliament, I make frequent visits to China, where I meet with open, highly qualified people as well as a great interest in European know-how. These two economies have to intensify their cooperative exchange even further in the future.
As China's largest trade partner, the European Union plays a crucial role in relations with the People's Republic. Our work in the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China strives to bring the European Union and China closer together in order to deepen our mutual economic connections.
Yet our economic and trade relations could not come to pass without human involvement. We need an even closer, direct exchange between the people of Europe and China in order to acquire a better understanding of one another. Openness toward each other in European-Chinese relations is the surety for a sustainable, future-facing relationship.
I wish all participants in the SinoJobs Career Days to both gain exciting insight into the world of European and Chinese business, and to have successful discussions as well.
Member of the European Parliament
Welcoming Address Dagmar Schmidt - Member of the German Parliament - Chairman of the German-Chinese Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament
This year, the SinoJobs Career Days take place for the consecutive sixth year in Munich and Düsseldorf. This underlines the great importance and significance that German-Sino relations have but also the great success of the organizers of the job fair. China was the largest importer of German goods in 2015 and fourth largest international trade partner of Germany. These numbers underline the great success of economic partnership between Germany and China.
The foundation for economic success is a successful cultural, historical and individual process of learning on both sides, based on exchange, knowledge and mutual understanding. Students and Pupils exchange programs, like the one now supported by both government in the German-Sino Exchange Year, are an important aspect of this process of learning. It is therefore very fitting indeed that this year’s SinoJobs Career Days focusses on Chinese professionals, students and alumni of German universities who want to return to China. They are, like their German counterparts, the key for a successful German-Sino cooperation and partnership.
As the chairlady of the German-Sino Parliamentary Group, I wish you SinoJobs Career Days a successful fair and all the participants the best of luck for their future!
Chairwoman of the German-Chinese Parliamentary Group
Welcoming Address by Martin Dulig - Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Employment and Transport, and Deputy Premier of the Free State of Saxony
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
China is Saxony's most important foreign trade partner by far. The bilateral trade volume between China and Germany has increased by an average of 14 percent every year since 1990, and has thus doubled almost every five years.
I have made regular visits to China, not only since becoming Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, but also for years before that as the delegate to China for the federal office of the SPD. I made important personal contacts and formed valuable friendships during my trips. It is thus no coincidence that my first trip abroad as Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs has led me to China.
Saxony is an important economic region both in Germany and in Europe. Over recent years, Chinese companies have increasingly decided to get involved in German trade activities, both through investments and company acquisitions. Chinese students in Germany also form the largest group of foreign students, and there are long traditions in place with Saxon educational institutions in particular. At the same time, the number of German students in China continues to grow as well. I will also be visiting China this year in order to build on this beneficial cooperation. In autumn I will visit Hubei, Beijing, and Shanghai, among others, with business owners and economic representatives from Saxony. This will aid in the further immersion of our relations. Next year Saxony will celebrate its ten-year regional partnership with the Chinese province of Hubei.
The SinoJobs Career Days offer the perfect opportunity to make contact with companies working with and within China. Take this opportunity!
I wish both the presenters and the attendees an interesting and successful event.
Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Employment and Transport, and Deputy Premier of the Free State of Saxony