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

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


09/03/2014

RGIT Welcomes a Delegation from the German Parliament’s Committee on Food and Agriculture

On September 3rd RGIT hosted a delegation from the German Parliament’s Committee on Food and Agriculture. The discussion focused on TTIP and its effect on the trade relationship between Germany and the United States in agriculture and food. Also in attendance were...more


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