Midday on November 22ndI started my journey to Hongkong. The first stage was to go to Amsterdam where I boarded a plane for my long flight to Asia. Hongkong is a city in the south of China situated in the Pearl River Delta. Hongkong has a size of 1105 km² and a coast line of around 733km. This size is roughly 1.2 times bigger than Berlin, which makes Hongkong one of the smallest countries worldwide. Specifically, it is on place 187 in the world ranking. However, with a population density of 6689 person/km² it is one of the most densely populated countries on earth and I have to say this is immediately noticeable when you arrive there. In comparison Berlin has only 4052 persons/km². This meant that subways and roads were always crowded, but luckily thanks to my size of 2.04m, I always had a good overview of everything.
After doing some sight seeing in Hongkong I had various discussions with representatives from Siemens, the AHK office Hongkong and some accelerator programs. The topics of these discussions were smart city projects and how they can be established in Hongkong and more precisely, how aquaculture can be digitalised in Hongkong. In general, I think our journey was a big success and I can say that we are already in early discussions about specific projects we want to realise in Hongkong.
Following our visit to Hongkong we travelled on to Beijing for the 4thSino-German Agricultural Week, where also the weather changed from mild to rather cold temperatures. After a quick stop at my accommodation I went for the first dinner event where German and Chinese participants met each other. First contacts have been made as well as some interesting discussions about Beijing and business topics relevant for the next couple of days. On November 26thwe went to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) and the first conference day was hold at the Institute for Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP).
Topic of the day was the Forum on Digitalization in Agriculture which was quite interesting. The session was opened by Prof. Gong Xifeng, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, CAAS. Opening statements have been given by Wu Kongming, Vice President of CAAS, Axel Wildner, Counsellor for Food and Agriculture of German Embassy, Li Bo, Deputy Director General, Department of Science and Education, MARA. The day included many interesting presentations and talks as for example the one from Prof. Weltzien from the ATB Potsdam Bornim. We also had the chance to present our monitoring solution for aquaculture on this day and have received many inquiries after the talk. At the end of the day we had the opportunity to see a really big development greenhouse just before we went to a big dinner, we were invited to by the CAAS. At the dinner I had the great opportunity to speak to Dr. Ulrich Kleinwechter (Referat 624 – International Projects, Twinning) about the development potential of start-ups in international markets. Besides this I also had the chance to speak to many other interesting representatives from Institutions, KMUs and employees from the government like Prof. Dr. Eberhard Haunhorst, the president of the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety whom we intend to visit in the next couple of weeks to discuss opportunities in Lower Saxony.
On Tuesday November 27thI briefly visited the Forum on Environmentally friendly Sustainable Livestock Development before I took the opportunity to get to know Beijing better. I visited the forbidden city, a very old district and the top of a mountain from which one could see the whole city of Beijing.
The topic for the last day of the event was: “The 4th Sino-German Agricultural Dialogues and Exchange”. On this day I listened to different talks of German and Chinese farmers who already implemented digital technologies in their farming routine. Again, I had a few interesting discussions with them and some government employees about opportunities to implement our MonitorFish solution in some of their local businesses. Thanks to these talks I was invited by the DLG to visit some pilot plants for testing next year and had the chance to discuss with Leely Zhang about how start-ups could become a part of the EuroTier China. All in all, I think the evening was a big success and we are looking forward to lively contact with the people we met and many exciting projects for the future.
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