As part of the 59th Munich Security Conference, AmCham Germany brought together stakeholders from the transatlantic business community as well as representatives from German and U.S. politics within the framework of its two official side events.
The Congressional Roundtable, co-organized by Transatlantic Business Initiative (TBI) and the U.S. Embassy Berlin, provided a platform for transatlantic stakeholders to discuss key priorities. These priorities include financial stability, energy security and transition, as well as common-standard setting to strengthen global trade and stabilize supply chains. One message was made clear during the talks: The strong value-based foundation of the transatlantic partnership is a signal of hope to bring forward a future-oriented agenda and strengthen transatlantic sovereignty. High-level participants included CEOs of German and US owned businesses, as well as the German Ambassador to the U.S. Emily Haber, and the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Amy Gutmann.
The evening event centered on the title “Brave New World: How to Foster Transatlantic Sovereignty after the Zeitenwende”. Following a similar theme like the prior event, the content of the networking dinner focused on how to establish a future-oriented transatlantic agenda in a period of great political and technological changes as well as economic insecurities. Simone Menne, President of AmCham Germany gave the welcoming remarks, followed by David Knower, Partner & Managing Director of Cerberus.
Other speakers throughout the event included Suzanne Clark, President & CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Nate Tibbits, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Qualcomm Inc. During her input, Ms. Clark emphasized the meaning of this period for transatlantic partners and how despite the economic context, U.S.-German business ties remained strong. She emphasized that it is essential to strengthen this relationship for the next chapter. Mr. Tibbits provided his perspective as representative of one of the largest software and wireless technology corporation. During his talk, he applauded the value of the transatlantic fora such as the EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council. He called for further cooperation in improving supply chains and working towards common standard-setting in the context of all the technological transformations happening.
It was our pleasure to welcome stakeholders from the German Bundestag and the U.S. House of Representatives. Speaker Emerita, Rep. Nancy Pelosi joined our event, as well as Representative Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Turner expressed the importance of the Munich Security Conference in bringing together voices from around the globe to have frank and open dialogue to discuss priorities in concerns for political and business actors.
We wish to thank our speakers, our guests, and our event sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible: Qualcomm Inc., Cerberus Capital Management, and Monroe Atlantic.