BDI President Hans-Peter Keitel visits Washington


Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Keitel

BDI President Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Keitel visited Washington D.C. from October 11 to 13 for talks on economic policy, especially regarding transatlantic economic relations and the role of German industry in the current European financial crisis. Among others, Mr. Keitel met Michael Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, as well as several congressmen and the Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue. Speaking at a trade conference jointly organized by the Representative of German Industry and Trade and the Congressional Study Group on Germany, the BDI chief executive made the point that a significant number of companies have both the capital and willingness to invest, but that political conditions and fiscal concerns were impeding their ability to act.