Welcoming Address by Thomas Geisel - Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf Patron of the SinoJobs Career Days in Düsseldorf
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
At hardly any other economic location in Germany and Europe can one experience so clearly the advantages and the development potentials of the German-Chinese trade as in Dusseldorf: already 520 Chinese enterprises settled in the city area. Around 75 new entities were established solely in 2017, including several global market leaders, which find here an excellent entry to the European market.
The Chinese companies in Dusseldorf benefit from an excellent infrastructure and regional economic strength. Messe Düsseldorf is the gateway to the German market for thousands of Chinese exhibitors and visitors each year.
For more than ten years, Dusseldorf has had a direct contact person represented by China Competence Center, which has been supporting the companies with their establishment. A special emphasis has been put on their involvement in the innovative environment of the digital location and on promotion of the exchange with the Düsseldorf start-up scene.
Entrepreneurial and cultural associations, service providers such as lawyers and accountants who consult in Chinese, Chinese doctors, schools and restaurants form a complete infrastructure that makes life easier and more enjoyable. Düsseldorf combines excellent economic conditions with a special lifestyle.
Specialists and executives with Chinese background have here the best conditions to find an attractive job. And the SinoJobs Career Days, which once again takes place in Düsseldorf this year, provides the appropriate forum for this. I am gladly supporting the event as patron and wish all the exhibitors and visitors much success.
Mayor of the
State Capital Düsseldorf
Welcoming Address by Franz Josef Pschierer - Bavarian Minister of State for Economics, Energy and Technology Patron of the SinoJobs Career Days in Munich
The People's Republic of China is Bavaria's third most important economic partner with a trade volume of EUR 31 billion. More than 2,000 Bavarian companies maintain business relationships in China. Due to the close connection, there are many perspectives on the job market: be it one of the international global players or one of the numerous innovative medium-sized companies. Among the world-renowned German companies that have their headquarters in Bavaria are, for example, adidas, Audi, Allianz, BMW, MAN, Munich Re, Puma, Linde and Siemens.
When it comes to new technologies, Bavaria occupies leading national and international positions. Automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in particular are growing steadily and highly innovatively. This is only possible with well-trained engineers as well as qualified and motivated employees.
The SinoJobs Career Days offers the opportunity to get in touch with companies that have presence in China. Take this opportunity! We look forward to seeing you!
Franz Josef Pschierer
Bavarian Minister of State for Economics, Energy and Technology
Welcoming Address by Ambassador Shi Mingde - Ambassador PR China for the Federal Republic of Germany
First of all, please allow me, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Germany as well as in my own name, to wish the 8th SinoJobs Career Days a great success.
China and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1972 and started a comprehensive, strategic partnership in 2014. Last year Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited the Federal Republic of Germany consecutively. In July of this year, Premier Li Keqiang again visited Germany to chair the 5th round of German-Chinese Intergovernmental Consultations, while in May German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the People's Republic of China for the 11th time. The two countries’ mutual trust is growing steadily whereas the cooperation in various fields is becoming closer as well. In 2017, the bilateral trade volume exceeded €180 billion and China became Germany's largest trading partner for the second year in succession. It is estimated that bilateral investment between China and Germany already exceeds $100 billion. The developments of both countries in the area of economy and trade are not only deepening: the willingness to invest is also increasing.
The constantly improving trade and economic relations offer a broad stage to highly qualified specialists and interdisciplinary talents. Chinese foreign students, who have a good basic education and strong innovation potential, are valued by many companies. There are currently more than 60,000 Chinese students and scientists in Germany, including more than 40,000 international students, making them the largest group of foreign students in German universities. In Germany, Chinese foreign students not only enjoy good basic and specialized vocational training, they are well-skilled in both the Chinese and German languages and have a broadened horizon paired with a strong socio-cultural understanding of both countries. The Chinese students abroad are very important to German-Chinese cooperation development and represent an attractive talent pool for companies in developing their bilateral business.
Over the past seven years, SinoJobs has been successfully working to establish a platform with a Europe-China focus, creating an exchange between companies and talents. The companies reach highly qualified candidates, while talented people with a German-Chinese background are offered a suitable employer. This contribution to the Chinese-German or Chinese-European trade and economic relationship deserves recognition and praise. I sincerely hope that the SinoJobs Career Days will be a success and will continue to make a great contribution in the areas of politics, economics, culture and education between the two countries.
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
This year's SinoJobs Career Days will take place for the eighth time in a row. Especially this year, they reflect the German-Chinese relations, because this year the fair will be held in Shanghai for the first time. More than 1,700 exhibitors are looking for young people from Germany and China - which shows that the economic cooperation between the two states is an absolute success.
Not only is the economic exchange between the two countries crucial, but also the exchange in human resources is likewise important. Last year Chinese students were the largest group of foreign students in the Federal Republic of Germany. The number of German students in the People's Republic of China has been also increasing steadily in recent years. The offers of the SinoJobs Career Days are ranging from training and apprenticeships to freelancing or dissertations. Thus, they provide the applicants with the perfect opportunity to bring personal intercultural exchange into action. It is therefore very exciting when this exchange and experience is continued and strengthened in the professional world.
I am delighted that young people from Germany and China can take up this unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - especially now that the fair will take place in Shanghai for the first time.
As the chairman 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.
Member of the German Bundestag