ADW board re-elected during annual meeting

Thomas Hundt (l), Marco Kalinna (r), Tassilo Brinzer (in front)

Tassilo Brinzer remains president of ADW – German Business Group Cambodia. The members attended also confirmed Thomas Hundt as vice president (left) and Marco Kalinna (right) as treasurer. All three board members were elected unanimously. Previously, the assembly expressed gratitude of their commitment so far and welcomed their willingness to continue their voluntary work.

ADW deepens links to German development cooperation

In the first “Business Talk” organized by German Business Group Cambodia (ADW) and the Global Business Network (GBN) Programme in Phnom Penh, representatives of the private sector met their counterparts from major bilateral German development cooperation agencies. Following the establishment of GBN’s Business & Cooperation Desk within the German chapter of European Chamber of Commerce, the event on November 30th was the first of this kind in Cambodia, aiming to deepen links between the private sector, official bilateral development cooperation, non-governmental German organisations, and political foundations.

Heinrich Böll Foundation expands its support for gender equity in Cambodia

Nicloaus Mesterharm and Ambassador Ingo Karsten. Photo: Jean-Francois Perigois

On 19th November 2018 Heinrich Böll Foundation (hbf) signed a cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Both partners will cooperate in academic research on gender and development in Cambodia. The project aims at strengthening the academic level of the participating students and at deepening the knowledge about gender and equity.

Nicolaus Mesterharm honored with Germany’s Cross of Merit

Nicloaus Mesterharm and Ambassador Ingo Karsten. Photo: Jean-Francois Perigois

Great recognition for a great dedication: Nicolaus Mesterharm, founding director of the German Cambodian Cultural Center Meta-House Goethe-Center in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Ambassador Dr. Ingo Karsten presented the order on 1 November 2018 for Mr. Mesterharm’s unwavering commitment to the German-Cambodian understanding.

15th International Music Festival Phnom Penh highlights the impact of migrants

© Jim Miserksky

From Thursday to Sunday, classical music is going to be the nucleus of Phnom Penh’s cultural scene as the Art Plus Foundation invites to the 15th edition of the International Music Festival. It introduces works by immigrant composers from 19th century onwards in an advanced perspective of their works. There are four concerts between 1 and 4 November, each day one.

Germany a top-destination for tourists in 2019

Photo: Ximonic, Simo Räsänen (post-processing) & Tauno Räsänen (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Lonely Planet, a giant among travel guide book publishers, emphasizes tourists from all over the world to visit Germany in 2019. It is the only European country in the top-ten ranking and is solely outperformed by Sri Lanka. And this insider tip is well-founded: “Prepare for a roller-coaster ride of feasts, treats and temptations experiencing Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.”

Germany is the most innovative country in the world, report says

World Economic Forum

According to the latest Global Competitiveness Index published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Germany is the most competitive country in Europe and number three in the world. Climbing two positions compared to the previous report, only the United States and Singapore perform better while Switzerland ranks fourth and Japan fifth.

How a suspension of EBA could affect Cambodia’s apparel industry

Marco Kalinna, CEO of Cosmos Services

There are only few experts who have similar deep insights into the apparel industry as Marco Kalinna, CEO of Cosmos Services, a local garment trade supplier. Since the European Union has indicated a possible suspension of trade facilitation under the “Everything But Arms” (EBA) scheme, expertise on this industry is in great demand as garments comprise about 80% of all Cambodian exports. In an interview conducted by the Southeast Asia Globe online edition, Mr. Kalinna – a board member of ADW since its earliest days – illuminates the current state of affairs.

MoU signed between ADW, EuroCham and GIZ

Tassilo Brinzer

On 25 September 2018, EuroCham’s chairman, Arnaud Darc, and ADW’s president, Tassilo Brinzer, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GIZ represented by Guenther Riethmacher. GIZ is a German development agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation. The MoU formalizes cooperation between the German Business Group Cambodia (ADW) and GIZ in establishing a business & cooperation desk within the German chapter of EuroCham.

German Business Group Cambodia

#30 Preah Norodom (corner st. 148)
Bred Bank building 3rd floor
Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Founding member of
Eurocham Cambodia