The Asia-Pacific Week (APW) was launched in Berlin on May 18, attracting a number of high-profile officials from Germany and Asian-Pacific countries alongside representatives from German enterprises.

Attendees included Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh.

Themed “Smart Cities”, the 10 th APW includes seminars, conferences, exhibitions and music concerts held at the Federal Foreign Office, CityCube Berlin and several local museums and universities.

Smart cities are cities that use digital technologies to enhance performance and well-being, reduce costs and resource consumption, and engage more effectively with its citizens. Key “smart” sectors include transport, energy, healthcare, water and waste.

Highlights will be the Embassy Day and the Business and Technology Conference. Embassy Day will provide a forum for diplomatic missions from the Asia-Pacific region to present their countries and market opportunities to German companies, while the latter event will discuss new business models, partnerships and financing for smart cities as well as propose strategies and technical solutions.

Representatives from embassies of Asia-Pacific nations were invited to tour the EUREF-Campus, one of the first smart cities in Berlin.

Organised since 1997, the APW has provided a forum to discuss important themes in business, politics, research-science, culture and society.

Since then, it has served as a platform for Vietnam to introduce its culture, landscapes and investment opportunities to international participants.-VNA