Malu Dreyer: Minister President of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate

Rhineland-Palatinate is a state of entrepreneurs. Whether we are talking about farm shops or BASF, trades firms or start-up companies, flourishing commercial enterprises can be found on every corner in this state, where creativity and tradition, enjoyment of vocational training and business acumen meet. While global company groups are mentioned in the media daily, it is often the small and me­­dium-sized companies which contribute to our economic strength.

The commercial sector in Rhineland-Palatinate offers many people good jobs and offers young people positive prospects for the future. In the last few years in particular, many new occupations have come into being and many continuing education and training schemes and vocational courses have been modernised. This motivates employees and young apprentices and trainees and leads to a strong attachment between employees and their employers, which is extremely valuable for all parties.

Competition, creation of long-term value and positive underlying conditions for all areas of business – these are the essential foundations of our policies for a strong commercial sector in Rhineland-Palatinate. The state government ensures that this sector is able to function at regional, national and international level. Together, we will continue to energetically face and overcome challenges such as finding staff, retaining jobs and apprenticeships/traineeships and securing the transfer of knowledge in the age of digital technology in future as well.