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Economic Trends in Germany. Andreas Gursch Acting Director German Trade Office Taipei. Survey. Review to 2005, End of Schröder-era Analysis of Germany´s economic situation The year 2006, The Merkel-era Germany´s foreign affairs Germany´s economic outlook Germany´s best technologies.

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Economic Trends in Germany

Andreas Gursch

Acting Director

German Trade Office Taipei


Survey

  • Review to 2005, End of Schröder-era

  • Analysis of Germany´s economic situation

  • The year 2006, The Merkel-era

  • Germany´s foreign affairs

  • Germany´s economic outlook

  • Germany´s best technologies


Review: End of Schröder era 2005

Unemployment in August 2005


Economic spirit in 2005: How is your business outlook?


Analysis of Germany´s strength

  • World´s market leader in export

  • High innovation; „Land of ideas“, most patent applications worldwide

  • High qualified employees

  • Very good infrastructure

  • World´s leader in environmental protection and protection of natural resources

  • Small and medium sized companies as driver of economic cycle

  • High degree of social peace


Analysis of Germany´s flaccidities

  • Domestic demand is too low

  • Economic growth below average in the EU

  • Problems with educational system asserted by the european PISA-study

  • Social peace attacked by „Hartz IV“-law

  • 3 % budget deficit limitation by the EU complicates investment


The Merkel-era, the year 2006

Unemployment in 2006


Economic spirit in 2006: How is your business outlook?


What happened?

Schröder

  • AGENDA 2010

  • Employment law (liberalisation of job protection)

  • „Hartz IV“-law

  • Environmental technology

Merkel

  • Fiscal reform

  • Tax reform

  • Social law (health)


Hightech-Masterplan

  • Incentives for more venture capitalism

  • Encourage people to start their own enterprise

  • Support programmes for research companies

  • „Knowledge makes markets“-campaign to support co-operation between small-and-medium-sized- enterprises and universities research institutes

  • Advancement of innovation in small-and-medium-sized- enterprises

  • Counteract the lack of specialized staff


Germany´s foreign affairs

Presidency of the European Union in 2007

Presidency of the G 8 in 2007


Main focus of G 8 Presidency

„Growth and responsibility“ as a

guiding theme

  • Design of globalized world economy

  • Development of Africa


Main focus of EU presidency

  • European constitution

  • Design of economic, social and ecological future

  • Area of freedom, peace and law

  • Common foreign and safety policy


Germany´s economic outlook

2007 is supposed to become a booming year!

  • VAT-raise of 3 % surprisingly doesn´t stop growth of domestic demand

  • Consequently tax revenue raises and budget

    deficit is minimized

  • Unemployment rate is supposed to lower from 10.8 % in 2006 to 8.8 %

  • Expansion of industry production and even the building industry


Germany´s best technologies

  • Automotive sector

  • Renewables sector

  • Electrical and machinery sector


Thank you for your attention

For more information about German companies and technologies please contact the

German Trade Office Taipei4F, No.4, Min-Sheng E. Rd.,Sec. 3 Taipei 104, Taiwan Tel: +886-2-2506-9028 Fax:+886-2-2506-8182 http://taiwan.ahk.de


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