In the latest episode of our ‘Meet the Board’ series, we spoke with Rebecca Lee, Managing Director at Merck Life Science. Rebecca has worked for German companies and subsidiaries for many years and knows a thing or two about differences in work culture. If you want to know more about Rebecca’s leadership philosophy, the triple bottom line, networking with peers and Rebecca’s taste for an infamous tropical fruit, have a listen!
Last week, we spoke with our vice-chairman of the board, Rolf Drohn. Rolf has been part of the German business community for over two decades and is a long-time supporter of the German-Australian Chamber. In this podcast episode, we covered quite a bit, from the value of collaboration and contribution to gender equality, ghost choirs and more.
Demand for electricity is remaining constant in the long term. However, solar energy is becoming more competitive and is likely to significantly increase its share in the electricity grid.
In this new podcast series, we are introducing the board members of the German-Australian Chamber, who not only help us realise our vision and mission but pack a punch as far as their knowledge and experience are concerned.
Be part of the change with our Innovation and Start-Up Committee. The German-Australian Chamber deepens its commitment to driving innovation and change within the German-Australian business community. We, therefore, invite our members to take part in this exciting initiative. Participation is exclusive for members of the German-Australian Chamber.
On 16 July, the Australian Government has announced a major new program to improve skills by retraining and upskilling workers. The value of the program is up to $2.5 billion if the States and Territories match the Commonwealth government funding.
In a special survey (in German) conducted by the DIHK, over 3,000 German businesses abroad indicate an increasingly negative outlook regarding their business activities. More than eight of ten companies expect or are experiencing a diminished turnover rate.
In a global context, businesses in Australia have responded rather more positively than some of their counterparts. Over 34% of participating companies expect no change, or even an increased turnover this year.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, our Project Consultant Max Schnarr talks about his current and upcoming projects and delegations. He also explains what the hydrogen buzz is all about. Both Australia and Germany have ambitious hydrogen goals. In a recent article, Max has outlined Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy, and it will be interesting to see how this technology will impact the economic recovery for both countries.
Between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020, Germany has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). With the COVID-19 situation and its associated economic impact, this is a critical time for Germany to have this rotating role for these six months. Also, this period covers central EU discussions and debates of the next European Financial Framework for the years 2021-2027, including the so-called Green Deal climate policy.
Recently, the Australian Government presented a discussion paper “Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap”.
AHK Australia prepared and submitted a document to this process and is looking forward to working with the Department, the Chief Scientist and other stakeholders to improve Australia’s energy system through technology investment.