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 Industry and Commerce (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 Industry and Commerce (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

06/15/2014 - Washington, DC

Fact Finding Mission to the World Bank - Focus: Transport

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) offers a Fact Finding Mission to the World Bank and other relevant development institutions in Washington, DC. The study tour, which will take place from June 15 to 17, 2014) will focus on the transport and...[more]


News

04/08/2014

Heads of German Business in Washington

For the first time, the two senior most German business representatives visited Washington, D.C., together. Ulrich Grillo is the chairman of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and Eric Schweitzer serves as the chairman of the Association of German Chambers of...more


03/28/2014

Roundtable Luncheon on “TTIP and the European Parliament: Opportunities and Challenges in the Lead Up to Elections”

On March 24, RGIT invited several business representatives to a luncheon roundtable on “TTIP and the European Parliament: Opportunities and Challenges in the Lead Up to Elections”. The luncheon featured Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (member of the European Parliament...more


03/04/2014

RGIT meets with NACo

On March 4, RGIT hosted a business breakfast with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and several county commissioners from Alabama, California, Louisiana, North Carolina and Ohio. They discussed how counties can help tackle the challenges that German...more


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