Summary of the US Delegation trip to Germany (May 5-8, 2017)

During a five-day trip to Germany in early May, the members of Senate of the Economy, Inc.’s Delegation met with their German counterparts. Attending from the United States were Leslie Williams, partner of Wilson, Keadjian, Browndorf LLP, her cofounder of the Senate, John Gosch of Prager, Metis, Jack Holcomb, a Los Angeles lawyer and cochair of the American Council on Germany, and the Senate’s President, Michael Rolland.

The Delegation first met on May 5 in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, to attend a daylong conference on “Best Practices of World Market Leaders from Baden Wurttemberg.” This Conference, sponsored by the Academy of World Market Leaders and the German Senat der Wirtschaft, included as key speakers Robert Friedmann, board member of Wuerth Group, Dr. Mark Hiller of Recaro Aircraft Seating AG, and Oliver Blume of Porsche AG. Of the best practices discussed were how the leaders entered foreign markets and not only maintained their presence there but grew. At the end of the Conference, Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament, addressed the attendees, providing his perspective on the current economic and political climate in Europe.

The following day, the Delegation traveled to Hamburg to meet members of the German Senat and the former Vice President of the EU Commission, Günther Verheugen, for a discussion on Transatlantic Relations under the new Trump Presidency. In the evening, 50 members of the German Senat, all heads of companies, and the Delegates took an evening tour of the harbor in celebration of Hamburg’s Harbor Day.

On the final stop of the trip on May 8 in Berlin, the Delegates held an afternoon meeting with the Economic Minister of Rheinland-Pfalz, Dr. Volker Wissing to exchange of thoughts on prospects for trade and investment between this German state and the West Coast, notably in smart farming and biotechnology.