BAO Berlin (ehem.)

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[1BAO BERLIN International GmbH (BAO) was founded in 1950 as a 70-percent subsidiary of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce. It operated first under the name Berliner Absatz-Organisation GmbH, later as BAO BERLIN - Marketing Service GmbH. The aim behind BAO BERLIN was to counteract West Berlin’s insular nature resulting from the particular political situation, to promote sales of Berlin-made products on the West German market, and thus to create economic ties between West Berlin and the rest of the Federal Republic. [...] As part of a first step towards creating a central port of call in Berlin both for Berlin-based companies keen to expand their international operations and for investors in Berlin, the BAO and the WFB merged in September 2003 to form the Wirtschaftsförderung Berlin International GmbH (WFBI). The next step followed in July 2005, when the PfB and the WFBI joined forces and became Berlin Partner GmbH. The outcome is a model unique throughout Germany: A company majority-owned by the private sector and dedicated to marketing Berlin as the German capital and a business location.