Roundtable Discussion with Germany: Why 2014 is the Year to Increase Business between Germany and Washington State

February 12th, 2014

Roundtable Discussion with Germany: Why 2014 Is the Year to Increase Business between Germany and Washington State


Mr. Dietmar Rieg
President and CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce


Mr. Peter Rothen
Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
8:00am – 9:30am
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce

1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Downtown Seattle

$10 for Members

$15 for Non-Members

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As one of the world’s leading industrial nations and one of the three largest trading nations, Germany is a promising business partner for the state of Washington. In 2012 Washington exported $1.87 million in goods to Germany, 2.5% of its total exports. Washington also imported $807 million in goods from Germany, 1.7% of its total imports. Considering these established trading relations and shared clusters like aerospace, clean energy and information and communication technology, there is significant potential for business between the two markets.

Together with Germany’s Consulate General in San Francisco, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC) is the Federal Republic of Germany’s official partner for the fostering, promotion and facilitation of economic, commercial, trade and investment relationships between Germany and Washington State. With its extensive network of contacts and member companies across the United States and its expertise in assisting companies in the process of American market entry, the GACC is poised to strengthen business ties between Washington and Germany.

Join us for a breakfast briefing on the business potential between the State of Washington and Germany.

About our speakers

Peter Rothen took up the position as Germany’s Consul General in San Francisco in 2009. Preceeding this appointment, he spent a year at Harvard University as Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Mr. Rothen studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn and Nuremberg. After obtaining an MBA, he worked for two years as a research assistant in Paris/France before joining the German Foreign Service He has worked extensively on multilateral issues, his most recent assignment being Director for International Human Rights Policy at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Dietmar Rieg has served as President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in New York since 2013. Prior to joining the GACC New York, Mr. Rieg served as General Manager of BayernLB’s Branch in New York. From 2006 to 2008, he shifted to the bank’s headquarters in Munich, where he was responsible for the corporate banking business in multiple industries, including energy and telecommunications. He returned to New York in 2008 to take the position of CEO of Bayern LB’s subsidiary office. Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.


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