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Dr Volker Treier Chief Executive of Foreign Trade | Member of the Executive Board | International and European Economic Affairs
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International economy

The DIHK stands up for the interests of German foreign trade with respect to politicians. With position papers on free and fair trade and, for example, protection against product piracy, the DIHK is at the forefront of providing advice to decision-makers at the Federal Ministries and in Parliament. Learn more about the DIHK's international activities and find some interesting surveys.

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More and more laws have their origin in the EU and therefore have a direct impact on companies. The DIHK team in Brussels is committed to representing the interests of German business and is in direct contact with the decision-makers of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council. More details can be found here.

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Dual vocational education and training abroad

Supporting companies, who want to form and educate skilled workers abroad according to german quality standards: With this aim the AHKs, IHKs and the DIHK engage together for dual vocational education and training in foreign countries.

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The German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

The Germand Chambers of Commerce Abroad advise, support and represent German companies worldwide that want to establish or expand their foreign business. AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion.

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DIHK impluse paper: Globalization after Corona

Declining international cooperation and crumbling state alliances are currently causing calls for economic protectionism to grow louder. Have supply chains expanded too far? Is the Corona crisis heralding the beginning of a de-globalization?

International Surveys

Various surveys conducted by the DIHK organization reflect the situation in the international relations of the German economy:

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AHK World Business Outlook Spring 2023

The global economy is in crisis mode. Here you can find out, among other things, how the more than 5,100 German companies surveyed by the AHKs for the "AHK World Business Outlook Spring 2023" assess their international business prospects for the upcoming twelve months.

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Going International 2023

Due to higher energy prices and the slowdown in the global economy, German industrial companies are currently investing less abroad. At the same time, almost one in three industrial companies with investment plans abroad plan foreign investment mainly to save costs.

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"Going International"

Trade barriers all over the world are increasingly causing problems for German companies operating internationally. This is the result of the current survey "Going International" by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), in which 2,400 companies participated.

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WBO Special Evaluation Asia

The emerging downturn in the global economy is also clearly felt by German companies active in Asia. The development of China and the other countries in the Asia-Pacific region is quite different, as a special analysis of the AHK World Business Outlook Fall 2022 shows.