Peter Beyer, the Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field of Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy will be in the United States for political talks in Los Angeles and Washington, DC until Friday, 3 May. In Los Angeles, Beyer will attend the Milken Institute Global Conference, as he has done in previous years. Key decision makers from the worlds of politics, business and science, as well as from charitable and civil-society organisations come together at this annual event to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by current developments in the global economy. On the sidelines of the conference Peter Beyer will meet with various interlocutors, including US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with whom he will talk about German US trade relations. He will also participate in a panel discussion on the future of Europe with a focus on security and economy.
Beyer commented as follows upon arriving in Los Angeles:
The Milken Conference is a unique forum that brings together an unparalleled range of players to address pressing global political and economic challenges. I will lobby for intensive and fair trade relations between Germany and the US, to benefit Europe in general and Germany in particular. I also attach great importance to tackling potentially contentious issues and seeking pragmatic solutions with our American partners.
Beyer went on to say that exchanging views with business representatives such as the German American Business Association or the American Council on Germany was particularly helpful in this regard:
The firms with operations on both sides of the Atlantic are the players who shape the partnership between the US and Germany on a day to day basis and fill it with life. They are those who suffer when political tensions arise.
After the Conference, Coordinator Beyer will travel to Washington, DC for talks with senior political figures. He will, for example, discuss questions of national security, cooperation between intelligence services and the expansion of the 5G mobile network with Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the influential US Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Beyer will also meet with representatives of the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – a Washington think tank – and the German Ambassador, Emily Haber, to discuss current transatlantic issues.