Sport and Business – some reflections

On a tranquil afternoon in Berlin I had the pleasure to host Peer Mertesacker on my small sailboat – the head of Arsenal London’s youth academy and football world champion in Brazil. Our path crossed by chance along the EURO 24 buzz and we discovered a shared passion for sports and its profound impact on […]

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The result of China+1 policy and alternatives in ASEAN – an expert interview between Volker Friedrich and Bernhard Schuette

In a riveting interview, Volker Friedrich and Bernhard Schuette, two renowned experts on Asian markets, delve into the dynamic implications of the China+1 strategy and explore the burgeoning opportunities within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. This in-depth discussion uncovers the strategic shifts global businesses are making to diversify their supply chains, mitigate risks, […]

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Asia Pacific beyond China

A colourful mosaic of power, potential and diversity Too often, “Asia” is primarily equated with the People’s Republic of China, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The non-Chinese Asia-Pacific region is, in all respects, larger and more significant than the PRC. India alone, a clear regional superpower, now surpasses China in population. When combined, the […]

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An Interview with the Diplomatic Channel

Volker Friedrich is interviewed by the Diplomatic Channel and shares his view on present challenges of the geopolitical challenges and describes the special requirements of being successful in international trade and investments. His experience of more than 25 years in Asia and Europe a Management Consultant and Founder of GBP INTERNATIONAL summarises a remarkable business […]

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GBP INTERNATIONAL appointed as election observer in Bangladesh

Free and democratic elections serve as the cornerstone of a nation’s political landscape, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future and reflecting the will of its people. In Bangladesh, the significance of such elections cannot be overstated. Here’s why they are crucial: 1. Free and fair elections provide citizens with the opportunity to voice […]

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European-Chinese Collaborations are being tested

In the dynamic landscape of international collaborations, the enduring EU/German-Chinese partnership, fostered over decades, holds immense significance. As Volker Friedrich, CEO of GBP INTERNATIONAL, emphasizes, “In todays geopolitical thunderstorm unwavering cooperation and mutual respect are the cornerstones for a thriving partnership. Let’s not merely witness the evolution; let’s actively engage in shaping it.” Amidst Xi […]

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Financing early tech adopters

The expert Horasis panel on “Supporting Early Technology Adopters” held in Gaziantep, Türkiye on 23 October 2023, brought together thought leaders from diverse sectors, shedding light on the pivotal role of the human factor in driving technology adoption. The lively and inspirational discussion unveiled insights and case studies that underscored the importance of understanding and […]

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Malaysia: A Thriving Investment Hub Led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s Vision for Reform

Malaysia has rapidly emerged as a beacon of economic growth and stability in Southeast Asia, attracting the attention of investors from Europe and the USA. With its strategic location, diverse economy, and investor-friendly policies, Malaysia is a prime destination for businesses and entrepreneurs looking to tap into the booming ASEAN market. This growth trajectory has […]

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Global Business Meeting in Turkey by Horasis (Nov 2023)

The eighth Horasis Global Meeting in Gaziantep, Türkiye, centered on “Creating Impact with Innovation, Sustainability, and Reconstruction.” Co-hosted by the City of Gaziantep, the event underscored the significance of collaboration in addressing global challenges. Volker Friedrich, CEO of GBP INTERNATIONAL, actively contributed, showcasing successful collaborations between GBP INTERNATIONAL and participants. Examples include joint ventures in […]

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Entrepreneurship Today – A guest lecture at the University in Berlin (Nov 2023)

Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators: The Vital Role of Supporting Startups in Today’s Entrepreneurship Landscape In an era marked by unprecedented technological advancements and a rapidly changing global economy, entrepreneurship has emerged as a driving force behind innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Today, more than ever, supporting startups is not just an act of generosity, but […]

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