Business Lunch with Prof Norbert Lammert

27.11.17 Policy News, Homepage

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce had the honour of hosting a luncheon discussion with Prof Norbert Lammert, former President of the German Bundestag from 2005 to 2017 and Vice-Chair of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Sydney on 24 November. This discussion was jointly organised between the Chamber and the KAS and supported by the KAS.

The very insightful discussion focused on the political situation in Germany after the federal election and the bilateral relationship between Germany and Australia as well as common opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region affecting both countries and businesses active in either market.

In the presence of the Klaus Steitz, Deputy Consul General in the German Consulate General in Sydney, Board members of the Chambers and leaders of industry from a variety of sectors raised points relevant for the bilateral relationship such as the importance of the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the geo-strategic challenges in the region and areas of common interest between Australia and Germany such as Advanced Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 and the start-up sector.

During the discussion that was chaired by German-Australian Chamber’s Executive Director Kristian Wolf, Prof Lammert provided a perceptive analysis of the political situation in Germany, the consequences for the European integration and an outlook for further KAS activities in Australia and the region. Prof Lammert was accompanied by senior staff from the KAS including Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy, Director Regional Program Australia and the Pacific and Head of the recently opened Australian office in Canberra that has proven to be an important partner for the policy work of the German-Australian Chamber.