AHKs in Germany are closely linked to the network of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs). Together, IHKs and AHKs support German companies in establishing and expanding their business relations with foreign countries.
The umbrella organisation of the IHKs is the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHK network.
The close cooperation with the German trade associations also ensures that the AHKs are networked close to the companies and markets.
Based on a resolution of the German Bundestag, the AHKs are pro rata supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
AHKs combine three functions at their locations
Official representative of the German economy
AHKs are the key players in German foreign trade promotion on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests at their locations. They inform and advertise for the location Germany.
The AHKs gather around them the companies that are active in bilateral economic relations. These members lend weight and voice to the AHK when it acts vis-à-vis politics, business and administration to promote bilateral economic relations.
Service providers for companies
Under the service brand DGIC International Services Ltd the AHK Nigeria offer companies from Germany and Nigeria services to support their foreign trade business activities.