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Joern Biel

Minister of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

 

Last September, more than 400 high-ranking business people, politicians and academics came together for the first Global Economic Symposium (GES) at Plön Castle to jointly develop answers to the pressing questions facing the world economy. The GES took a completely new course in that, in contrast to other events of this kind, it was “solution-oriented, research-based and interactive”. “What is to be done?” was the key question.

Schleswig-Holstein is glad to partner and host this Symposium because, as a federal state, we have felt the impact of global developments.

Here in Schleswig-Holstein we are proud that, after last year’s success, Plön Castle is once again the venue for this international think-tank. The GES is an  outstanding forum for gaining better insights into how the current global crisis can be overcome. In a world where nations are increasingly incapable of facing global challenges on their own, common visions for the future are more important than ever – and the guiding principle of these common visions should be “think global, act local”.

Difficult times call for fresh thinking. Schleswig-Holstein is willing to conduct this debate on solutions to the issues of importance to our future. Let us work together to this end – giving our highest priority to overcoming the current economic crisis.

Joern Biel
Minister of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

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