Connectivity for Commerce and Investment: OSCE Business Conference to strengthen economic ties across OSCE area

Germany’s 2016 OSCE Chairmanship will hold an international business conference under the theme “Connectivity for Commerce and Investment” on 18 and 19 May in Berlin. The conference, taking place in the German Foreign Office, will be opened by Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Enlarge image

“You have all travelled to Berlin to take part in an experiment here with us,” Steinmeier said at the beginning of the conference. It was also an experiment, he added, because the definition of connectivity was not yet clearly established and still offered scope for creativity. He said that the conference was essentially about establishing “stronger and better physical and virtual links” between the countries in the OSCE area and beyond. Infrastructure projects, transport corridors, trade agreements and digital connectivity between the countries are the focus of the two‑day event bringing together representatives from companies, associations and governments of the 57 OSCE countries and 11 partner countries.

Rebuilding trust: Steinmeier puts Connectivity at the heart of the International Business Conference in Berlin on 18 May Enlarge image Rebuilding trust: Steinmeier puts Connectivity at the heart of the International Business Conference in Berlin on 18 May (© AA)

For the first time in the OSCE context, representatives from politics, economy and civil society from different regions and economic systems of the OSCE area will come together for this business conference. It aims to explore trade and investment opportunities in the OSCE area and thus to strengthen economic ties from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

Participants will discuss topics of economic connectivity such as infrastructure projects, transport corridors, trade, energy safety and digital connectivity.

Further information on the conference can be found here: 

Website of the FFO on the Business Conference

www.OSCEconnectivity.org

OSCE Press Release

Video message by Minister Steinmeier

Here you can see a video message by Foreign Minister and OSCE-CiO Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the Business Conference in Berlin