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

11/05/2014 - Consulate General of Germany, 871 United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue at 49th Street), New York, NY 10017

Workshop in New York: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership its Effects on the German Healthcare Industry

In line with the export initiative "Health - Made in Germany", the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, in cooperation with the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. New York and the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT),...[more]


01/19/2015

Fact Finding Mission „Urban Development“

The Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) will organize a Fact Finding Mission to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the week of January 19-22, 2015, in Washington, DC. Companies from the field of urban development...[more]


News

10/30/2014

CSU delegation meets with representatives of U.S. industry

On October 28 RGIT greeted a delegation of members of the German Bundestag party CSU (Christian Social Union). The delegation included former federal minister Gerda Hasselfeldt, as well as members of the Bundestag Florian Hahn, Dr. Andreas Lenz and Hansjörg Durz....more


10/07/2014

German Business Priorities for Standards and Regulatory Cooperation in TTIP

As part of the 7th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), negotiators held another “Stakeholder Forum” on October 1st, 2014. The Representative of German Industry and Trade, together with our principals the Federation of...more


10/02/2014

Fact-finding mission Education

21 representatives of German and Austrian companies joined a fact-finding mission in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the projects of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in the field of education. The project managers of both banks focused their...more


10/01/2014

Workshop about German vocational education

On October 1st RGIT and American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AIGCS) organized the workshop „Learn & Earn: Promotion of the US Workforce and Skills Initiative“ with Dr. Achim Dercks, Chief Executive of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce...more


09/23/2014

The Economic Consequences of Strengthened Sanctions against Russia

On the 23rd of September 2014, the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) together with the German embassy in Washington D.C. hosted a workshop covering the extent of the recently tightened economic sanctions against Russia and the possible consequences for...more


09/19/2014

RGIT Oktoberfest

On September 19th, the Representative of German Industry and Trade held its annual Oktoberfest at the historic Heurich House Museum in Washington, DC. Around 200 guests from business and politics joined us for traditional Bavarian specialties and a great selection of...more


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