HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Welcome address by Dieter Kempf

President, Federation of German Industry BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.)

Prof. Kempf BDI

Cross-border trade delivers mutual benefits. Protectionism damages everyone concerned. This was one of the key messages of HANNOVER MESSE 2017.

As one of the initiators and patrons of Global Business & Markets the BDI will use this increasingly important platform to contribute objective arguments to the trade policy debate.

HANNOVER MESSE shows that exports and globalization are driving forces behind employment and sustained growth – all over the world. In Germany one job in four depends on exports – and one job in two within German industry.

For this reason we and the enterprises we represent are committed to free trade and industrial cooperation.