GA Trade Sep-Oct Interactive - page 26

RGIT:
Mr. Ambassador, you took up
your position inMay and shortly
thereafter movedwith your staff into
the fully renovated embassy building
inGeorgetown. Are you starting to
feel settled inWashington, DC?
Ambassador PeterWittig
(PW):
Washington is, of course,
very different fromNewYork –
smaller, more intimate, more
political. I also recentlywitnessed
how enthusiastic and fun-loving
Washingtonians can be, at ourWorld
Cup Viewing Party, whichwe held
for some 3,500 German andAmeri-
can fans inDupont Circle back in
June. I am sure I still havemuch to
discover after such a short time, but I
am confident thatWashingtonwill
make it easy for me.
RGIT:
What are your top priorities
for the comingmonths? Especially in
the field of economics?
PW:
In the field of economics, two
of mymajor priorities for the coming
months will be TTIP and the promo-
tion of workforce skills development.
A core objective on both sides of the
Atlantic is to improve the ability of
our businesses to compete in today’s
globalized economy. TTIP and
workforce development are both key
to achieving this goal. Theywill
foster investment, spur growth, and
create employment. I am also
looking forward to havingmore
opportunities to interact with the
German business community.
RGIT:
TTIP presents a historic
opportunity to promote trade
between the U.S. andGermany.
However, there are also concerns
about the negotiations and their
potential outcomes. How do you
respond to the criticism?
PW:
TTIP has the potential to take
our transatlantic relations to the next
level. Recent events inUkraine
should be a stark reminder of the
importance of our transatlantic
partnership, which is based on shared
history and values.
Fears that TTIPwill lower regulatory
W A S H I N G T O N U P D A T E
Interviewwith
Ambassador PeterWittig
PeterWittig
Ambassador of Germany to the
United States of America
Previous Positions:
Permanent Representative of
Germany to theUnitedNations
Director-General for theUnited
Nations andGlobal Issues at the
ForeignOffice inBerlin
Ambassador toCyprus
Ambassador to Lebanon
AmbassadorWittig joined the
German Foreign Service in 1982.
Ambassador PeterWittig (left)withPresident andCEOofRGIT, Dr. ThomasZielke
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