Who we are

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is the Washington, DC liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). President is Dr. Thomas Zielke. RGIT’s mission is to foster free trade and a welcoming business environment on both sides of the Atlantic to achieve sustainable growth, jobs and innovation for companies involved in German-American economic relations.

Founded in 1988, RGIT is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and serves as the voice of German Industry and Trade on behalf of RGIT’s principals BDI and DIHK. The BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – speaks for 37 sector associations, 15 regional offices, and approx. 100.000 companies with a total workforce of about eight million people. The DIHK – Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag – represents the interests of the 80 German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) and their 3.6 million member companies from the industry, trade and service sectors.

RGIT maintains registrations under both the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Lobby Disclosure Act.

Upcoming Events

09/29/2014

Fact Finding Mission to the World Bank: Education

The Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is organizing a fact finding mission to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and other multilateral development institutions in Washington, DC, from September, 29th to October,...[more]


News

08/27/2014

RGIT Greets Delegation from the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of the German Parliament

On August 25 RGIT greeted a delegation of members of the German Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, led by Chairwoman Bärbel Höhn. The discussion focused on environmental and regulatory aspects of the...more


07/30/2014

Enroll Now: German Courses and Exams at the Goethe Institute Washington September - December 2014

Learn German with the Experts: The Goethe Institute offers German language courses for adults in modern, multi-media classrooms in downtown Washington, DC. The courses are based on the standards and levels of the Common Framework of Reference for European Languages and...more


07/23/2014

German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Dear Reader, As President and CEO of the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) and Program Ambassador for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the United States, I am pleased to bring to your attention the   German Chancellor Fellowship for...more


07/08/2014

RGIT Job Posting – Director, Government Relations & Legal Affairs

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) seeks to hire a Director, Government Relations and Legal Affairs. Description The Director, Government Relations and Legal Affairs will advise and report to the President of RGIT and work closely with BDI and...more


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