GSBF Connect is a key platform for German and Singapore companies to form strategic partnerships to accelerate industrial and digital transformation. Held several times a year, each GSBF Connect event will be focused on a specific sector or theme.

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A German-Singapore partnership

To better leverage the complementary strengths of Singapore SMEs and German Mittelstand, Enterprise Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2020 to accelerate industrial and digital transformation, open innovation and market access in sectors of common interest.

Under this collaboration, Enterprise Singapore and APA will co-organise sector-specific GSBF Connect events throughout the year to facilitate more collaborations between German and Singapore companies.

Find out more about the MOU here.

To find out more about past and upcoming events under GSBF Connect, click here. For the full playlist of GSBF Connect events, click here.

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The APA is an umbrella organisation of leading German business federations – the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband).

The APA pools the economic concerns of German businesses active in the Asia-Pacific region and is an agenda-setter for crucial economic issues regarding the future of Germany’s cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region. One of APA’s main events is the biannual Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, co-organised with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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Enterprise Singapore (ESG) is the Singapore government agency championing enterprise development. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. The agency attracts global commodities traders to establish their global or Asian home base in Singapore.

ESG builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards. Renowned for their dedication to quality and innovation, Singapore companies make ideal business partners.

With ESG’s global network in over 35 locations spanning many developed and emerging markets, it connects businesses with relevant Singapore companies for their business expansion.


Prof. Dr.-Ing Axel Stepken
TÜV SÜD AG, Chairman

Prof Axel Stepken was born in Essen, Germany. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen and achieved his PhD in High Voltage Engineering in 1989.

Upon completion of his PhD, Axel Stepken worked at ABB where he held several Management positions in Germany and Indonesia within the Power Transmission and Distribution Segment. He joined TÜV SÜD AG as Member of the Board of Management responsible for the INDUSTRY and the former PEOPLE Strategic Business Segments as well as the Strategic Region ASIA. In June 2007 Axel Stepken was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Management.

Mr. Peter Ong
Enterprise Singapore, Chairman

As Chairman of Enterprise Singapore, Mr Peter Ong plays a key role in steering Enterprise Singapore’s efforts to grow stronger Singapore enterprises. Mr Ong is also Senior Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he provides strategic advice on Singapore’s economic strategies and champions efforts to enable robust enterprise growth. Mr Ong currently sits on the Boards of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship. He has also been appointed as Special Global Advisor for Antler Innovation Pte Ltd.

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