U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited Berlin from October 27 – 28 to meet with government officials and business leaders. Her meetings and consultations on transatlantic economic cooperation focused on trade, the future of work and entrepreneurship.
Secretary Pritzker’s political consultations included meetings with Vice Chancellor & Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and Chancellor Merkel’s chief economic advisor Prof. Lars-Hendrik Röller. She also met with Hannover Fair CEO Jochen Koeckler to discuss the United States’ role as Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2016.
To learn more about the German system of dual education and workforce development, the Secretary visited a chemical training laboratory at Bayer AG and participated in a roundtable discussion on the future of work with State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Thorben Albrecht, and Member of the Board of Bayer AG, Michael König. In her site visit to the startup campus “Factory Berlin,” Secretary met with young entrepreneurs for an exchange on the challenges and opportunities of the German startup ecosystem.
During a dinner hosted by Ambassador Emerson, Secretary Pritzker met with high-level experts and industry representatives to discuss current economic and political trends in Germany and the EU.