Minister of State Böhmer today met Dr Andrew Mackenzie, Honorary President of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and a delegation of Australian business representatives for an intensive exchange of views.
In the talks with Mackenzie and the delegation, Böhmer noted that, through the recommendations of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, the German and Australian Governments have successfully stepped up bilateral relations in recent years: “We see Australia as an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region whose values we share. Almost all of the 59 recommendations of the Advisory Group have now been implemented or are well on the way to being implemented. This means we are drawing even closer together as strategic partners. We have now had the first 2+2 talks between the foreign and defence ministers and launched an Asia dialogue.”
There has also been major progress in the economic sphere, as Böhmer continued: “The topic Industrie 4.0 is just as important to Germany as it is to Australia. This sphere offers many cooperation opportunities. I am pleased that a cooperation agreement on Industrie 4.0 was recently signed at the HANNOVER MESSE. We also launched close cooperation in the renewable energy sector. In line with the recommendations of the Advisory Group, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy signed a declaration of intent on cooperation with Australia in a newly established working group on energy and resources. The first meeting was held in Hamburg at the start of May, the next meeting is planned. The fact that Perth is to host the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in November this year is a further clear signal. This important event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.”