Greeting from the Federal President
Message for the Asia-Pacific Week Berlin 2018
in Berlin, 23 to 29 April 2018
I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone attending the Asia-Pacific Week 2018 in Berlin – in this city where cosmopolitan attitudes and entrepreneurship combine with internationalism and culture in such a unique way. If diversity is the cradle of new ideas, then Berlin is the ideal place to discuss major issues affecting our future.
For over 20 years, Berlin has invited Asian partners to the Asia-Pacific Weeks to address such issues cooperatively. Berlin has become a by word for a new entrepreneurial spirit and a young at heart outlook that embraces change, particularly in the field of digital technologies. This courage and openness to change is something I have also witnessed repeatedly on my trips to Asia.
This year you are also deliberating the societal impact of global megatrends – and not least the consequences of digital innovation. Our enthusiasm for many of the new possibilities must be accompanied by a contemplation of how we want to live in this global digital world. This is an issue that affects us all – not just us in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, but everyone everywhere.
It is therefore splendid that you are focusing on this field. I am convinced that the Asia-Pacific Weeks will be a great success again this year – and an inspiration to you and to us all.
– Frank Walter Steinmeier
Please find the German version with the President’s letter.