"Thank you for the great organisation of the reception and the photos together with videos of the visit. 
It is a great documentation of Dr Merkel’s visit."  

Erich Roth, Industrial Plant & Service Australia Pty Ltd

"It was a great event, great organization (can imagine how complicated) and a great opportunity to see such a great leader."
Anil Rodricks, Lufthansa German Airlines

Strong German-Australian Business relationship and possible EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement discussed at Business Reception with H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr Angela Merkel at the German-Australian Business Reception

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce hosted a Business Reception in honour of H.E. Dr Angela Merkel on the last day of her visit to New Zealand and Australia. Her program in Sydney followed the G20 Leadership Summit in Brisbane. This reception was part of the first visit of a German Chancellor to Australia in more than 15 years.  One of the topics mentioned by Chancellor Dr Merkel in her Welcome Speech was the importance of a future EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to expand the already strong commercial ties. The FTA be also one of the key topics of the bilateral working group announced by Chancellor Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Abbott the night before.

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, representing the Prime Minister, H.E. David Ritchie AO (Australian Ambassador to Germany), H.E. Dr Christoph Mueller (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Australia), H.E. Dr Helmut Boeck (Austrian Ambassador to Australia) and Robert Milliner (Australian B20 Sherpa) attended this exclusive event together with 300 Members of the German-Australian Chamber and key business leaders on 17 November 2014 at Sergeants Mess in Mosman. 

After Dr Merkel’s arrival at the waterfront venue, Ms Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, President of the German-Australian Chamber, addressed the audience to welcome the Chancellor at the Business Reception. She mentioned how important the influence of German companies in Australia is and that she is delighted to welcome H.E. Angela Merkel in Sydney. Lucy Turnbull asked her to come back earlier than in another 15 years.

Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel started her remarks by thanking the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce for being a door opener for German Businesses in Australia. She mentions the 11 Billion trade volume and that all the Members of the Chamber fostered the Australian economy. She is supporting a future FTA between the European Union and Australia that could further deepen the business relationship. The Chancellor also invited Australian businesses to invest more in Germany. She concluded her Welcome Remarks by asking Australians to visit Germany and that Germans who moved to Australia please not forget their beautiful home country.

Kristian Wolf, Executive Director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, commented how delighted the Chamber was to host the German-Australian Business Reception with such outstanding guests and welcomed Chancellor Merkel’s initiative for even deeper economic ties between Australia and Germany “We very much welcome the planning of a future EU – Australia Free Trade Agreement because both Australia and the EU would greatly benefit from such an agreement.”

On her way to the Presentation of four bilateral projects in a separate room she took the time to talk to a few Members of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Afterwards Airbus, Froebel, SAP and Siemens had the chance to show Dr Angela Merkel their bilateral highlight projects as examples for excellent German-Australian collaborations. 

The afternoon ended for the Chancellor with a boat transfer back to Circular Quay and with 300 impressed guests of the Chamber, who were honoured to get such a close impression of a world leader.

We also want to thank our event supporters, particularly Group Technologies Australasia, Brand Dimensions, Sergeants Mess Mosman, Audio Visual Events and coleman group.

Welcome remarks of Dr Angela Merkel in Sydney (Only available in German)

Details of the presented bilateral highlight projects

AIRBUS , Presenter: Dr Jens Goennemann
Airbus Group's Regional Footprint in Australia and New Zealand.

Froebel and Little Scientists, Presenter: Olde Lorenzen, Christine Schneyer
Fostering the next Generation of responsible citizens. 

SAP, Presenter: Secretary Kathryn Campbell, Damien Bueno, Des Fisher
Technology Innovation in Collaboration with Australian Government.

SIEMENS, Presenter: Thomas Hertling
Snowtown II Wind farm for South Australia.

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The Sydney Morning Herald - 17/11/2014

"While in Sydney, the Dr Merkel also addressed a German-Australian Chamber of Commerce event where German software giant SAP announced it would invest $150 million into an Institute for Digital Government in Canberra. It will aim to support Australian Government agencies in "innovating citizen-centric services" and will open by mid 2015."

The Australian - 11/11/2014

"Ms Merkel is scheduled to meet representatives from Siemens, SAP and Airbus, among others, at a German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce function later in the day."

Press Release Bundesregierung - 14/11/2014

"Am Nachmittag wird die Bundeskanzlerin dann am Empfang der deutsch-australischen Handelskammer teilnehmen. Geplant sind außerdem Gespräche zu Fragen der Integration und der Situation der Aborigines in Australien."

The Mandarin - 19/11/2014

"Human Services Minister Marise Payne called SAP’s plans a “big win for the government sector in Australia” at the announcement earlier this week, held at a reception of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce attended by visiting German President Angela Merkel."