Inaugurated in Hong Kong in 1987, German Industry and Commerce Ltd. (GIC) is a member of the AHK network of over 130 offices in over 90 countries and territories. A non-government, non-political private registered association with the public mandate of the Federal Republic of Germany to represent the overall economic interests of Germany, GIC focuses on the promotion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and our region.
GIC has been at the forefront in developing the ‘DE-International’ service brand for the German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide Network (AHK). ‘DE-International’ was officially launched in 2005 and is the service brand for all commercial services offered by the AHK network. Furthermore, GIC provides the management, dedicated staff and other resources to the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong (GCC).
In Hong Kong, GIC and GCC in co-operation with the German Swiss International School, offers two vocational training programmes in compliance with the German ‘dual system’ scheme. The certificate is fully recognized in Germany and endorsed by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK).
Founded in 1983, the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong today with over 450 members is one of the largest membership associations among the European national chambers. It serves as a catalyst, promoter and facilitator of members’ interests in Hong Kong, China, Germany and the region. As such, the Chamber is also involved in trade and investment promotion between Hong Kong and Germany along with German Industry and Commerce (GIC), a member of the officially mandated German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide Network (AHK), the German Consulate, and the office of Germany Trade and Invest.
GCC in partnership with GIC, offers a wide range of services for its members, which include regular events, in order to keep them up-dated on current trends, and to provide for a forum enabling members to network, as well as discuss and exchange information and views. It also helps to facilitate, consult, offer marketing exposure and opportunities, and provide solutions for members, also including in dealing with governmental administrative hurdles in Hong Kong, China, and Germany and represents members through important international government and business committees.
Members comprise of German, Hong Kong and international companies with interest in doing business in Germany, or with German companies.