Germany's social market economy: prosperity, social justice and sustainability

Konrad Adenauer, German chancellor 1949-1963

When people from all over the world try to explain Germany’s economic success, a majority of them likely point to high quality standards of most products or to efficiency, thoroughness, and detail-orientation of its engineers. Rather unknown abroad, the structural organization of the German economy plays an important part in the country's social and economic success story. The concept of the “Social Market Economy” can be defined as a third way alongside capitalism and socialism. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a political foundation named after Germany’s first chancellor after World War II, has been promoting this approach for several decades in numerous countries worldwide.

Brains Communication and Kite Digital Solutions create full service agency with a global flair

ADW member Brains Communication and Kite Digital Solutions, two established local marketing companies with a firm footing in their respective segments, have announced their merger in Phnom Penh on May 25th, 2017. In future, the two communication specialists and their 35 people strong team will operate under the corporate identity of Brains Communication. The fusion combines two vastly experienced teams to serve ever-growing needs for traditional and digital communication solutions in the Kingdom.

German-Cambodian Governmental Negotiations successfully concluded

German-Cambodian bilateral negotiations 2017

On April 04-05, 2017, the German-Cambodian Governmental Negotiations on Development Cooperation were held at the Government Palace, Phnom Penh. The Cambodian delegation was headed by H.E. Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, and Secretary General of CRDB/CDC. The German delegation was headed by Mr. Klaus Supp, Head of Division of China, Central Asia, East Asia, Laos and Cambodia of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Dr. Ingo Karsten, German Ambassador to Cambodia participated in the Negotiations along with other representatives from the German Embassy, from 18 government ministries and agencies as well as from GIZ and KfW.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers fellowships for postdoctoral researchers

© Humboldt-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer

Germany calls international scholars and scientists for conducting research at the heart of Europe. The Humboldt Research Fellowship allows postdoctoral researchers to carry out long-term projects (6-24 months) at German universities. Applicants can choose their own topic of research and their academic host. International researchers with above average qualifications, at the beginning of their academic career and only completed the doctorate in the last four years can apply. In addition, potential candidates who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of application are excluded from this fellowship program.

Join the major Asia-Europe Dialogue Forum in Berlin

APW logo

Since 1997, the Asia Pacific Weeks (APW) is Europe’s unique platform for interdisciplinary dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe. As in the past, experts from the fast-growing and high-tech affine regions of Asia-Pacific come to the German capital to discuss their perspectives with local representatives. This year, the APW take place from May 15th to 28th and focuses on digitalization.

Charity Event to boost Cambodian Schools

Cambodia Charity Run & Ride logo

ADW’s member Khmer Beverages Co., Ltd. invites to the Cambodia Charity Run & Ride 2017. This event, which falls on April 29 and April 30, will drive the contributions towards improving school infrastructure to disadvantaged schools in the rural provinces in Cambodia. The added bonus would be to spice up the Kingdom’s sports scene.

Smart Axiata launches 5 Million USD Digital Innovation Fund

Thomas Hundt

On March 28th, Smart Axiata launched a 5 million USD venture capital fund for Cambodian-based digital service companies and start-ups. This latest initiative from Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications company was announced during the launch ceremony in presence of H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC), inter-ministerial government stakeholders, Ambassadors and various representatives from Cambodia’s tech community.

MoU with special economic zone “a sign of confidence in the Cambodian economy”


German industrial development specialist InSite Bavaria and local Kerry Worldbridge Logistics SEZ signed an MoU to intensify the cooperation in creating Cambodia’s first industrial cluster based on planning and advanced concepts of Germany’s Industry 4.0 on 20th February. “Industry 4.0” includes automating, smart machines and monitoring systems and has become the key term for the next development stage in manufacturing worldwide.

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