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

By MCausevic

VIENNA/BERLIN, 13 May 2016 – 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.

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:

Journalists are invited to the opening session from 11:00 to 13:30 on Wednesday, 18 May, at the Federal Foreign Office/Auswärtiges Amt, Werderscher Markt 1, Berlin. Access for journalists to the Foreign Office will be possible from 09:00.

Advance registration of journalists is mandatory. Journalists must e-mail their first and last names as well as the media they represent no later than 16:00, 17 May, to

The opening session will be streamed live at and

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