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Foreign Trade

The economy of North Rhine-Westphalia is an internationally extremely well connected system with a global focus. With a view to assisting NRW-based companies with their international activities and in order to attract investors the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy offers a wide range of services – with a little help from its partners in trade and investment promotion.

International investors wishing to come to North Rhine-Westphalia are looked after by the state-owned foreign trade promotion agency NRW.Global Business, so that the advantages offered by North Rhine-Westphalia as an investment destination can be put to full use.  As a central point of contact, NRW Global Business accompanies the entire process with competence and discretion. Beginning with the assessment and planning stage, this enables investors to benefit from a tried and tested network of contacts from business, science and research as well as government and politics.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy is always expanding new and existing trade links with countries and regions across the world. The focus is on engaging and working with networks in promising and innovative markets as well as players from government, industry and research. The idea is to make it easier for – especially – small and medium-sized enterprises and business startups to enter prospective markets and find partners for cooperation, wherever in the world. Investors from the same promising and innovative markets will find the best possible conditions for operating in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Beside NRW.Global Business, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy works closely with NRW.BANK, the state’s promotional bank and ZENIT GmbH, the Centre for Innovation and Technology. Our network also includes the sixteen chambers of commerce under the umbrella of IHK NRW and the seven chambers of skilled trades as well as a multitude of industry groups and speciality clusters.