More dialogue with and about Latin America

“Recent geopolitical developments offer an opportunity for repositioning the EU and Germany in cooperation with Latin America,” said Gunnar Kilian, LADW Chairman and Member of the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG at the opening of the first LADW evening reception on June 2, 2022 in Berlin. However, he said, it was not about finding short-term solutions to acute bottlenecks in Europe, but about building long-term partnerships to mutually strengthen industrial competitiveness, secure jobs and create wealth in both regions.

Following the annual LADW member meeting, the ambassadors of the Latin American countries met with members of the Bundestag and selected representatives of the German government and business community at an evening reception in Berlin. The personal exchange in a relaxed atmosphere at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum was the focus of the evening.

The Ukraine war has made the strategic importance of Latin America even clearer. It has the highest density of democracies in the world after Western Europe and North America. With Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, the region also has three important G20 members. And the potential for more cooperation in renewable energies, raw materials, digitization or agribusiness is convincing. Germany would be well advised to consistently expand its relations with this region.

“If we do not intensify the dialogue with Latin America, we run the risk of losing the position German industry has built up there over decades. There is hardly any other continent where competition between companies is as intense as in Latin America,” emphasized Kilian.

LADW Chairman Gunnar Kilian, Member of the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
LADW Chairman Gunnar Kilian, Member of the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
Ambassador Frutas Ruiz (Paraguay), Gunnar Kilian and Thomas Silberhorn, MdB, Chairman of the German-Brazilian Parliamentary Friendship Group
Ambassador Frutas Ruiz (Paraguay), Gunnar Kilian and Thomas Silberhorn, MdB, Chairman of the German-Brazilian Parliamentary Friendship Group
LAV Chairman Arthur E. Darboven, Dunja Kreiser, MdB, Chairwoman of the German-Mexican Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Manuel Gava, MdB
LAV Chairman Arthur E. Darboven, Dunja Kreiser, MdB, Chairwoman of the German-Mexican Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Manuel Gava, MdB
Vice Foreign Minister de Pereira (El Salvador), Ulrich Lechte, MdB, and Ambassador Vilanova De von Oehsen
Vice Foreign Minister de Pereira (El Salvador), Ulrich Lechte, MdB, and Ambassador Vilanova De von Oehsen
Ambassador Martinez Gonzalez (Cuba), Ambassador García Silva (Nicaragua), Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Jamaica Mrs Sealey, and Anke Domscheit-Berg, MdB
Ambassador Martinez Gonzalez (Cuba), Ambassador García Silva (Nicaragua), Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Jamaica Mrs Sealey, and Anke Domscheit-Berg, MdB
Gunnar Kilian and Ambassador Maniglia Ferreira (Venezuela)
Gunnar Kilian and Ambassador Maniglia Ferreira (Venezuela)
Managing Director of LADW Haddad, Ambassador Schialer (Peru) and a representative from the Embassy of Peru
Managing Director of LADW Haddad, Ambassador Schialer (Peru) and a representative from the Embassy of Peru
Gunnar Kilian and Ambassador Bellón Marrapodi (Uruguay)
Gunnar Kilian and Ambassador Bellón Marrapodi (Uruguay)
Ambassador Peralta Cordero (Costa Rica), Ambassador García Silva (Nicaragua), Ambassador Villagra Delgado (Argentina) and President AHK Argentina Pastorino
Ambassador Peralta Cordero (Costa Rica), Ambassador García Silva (Nicaragua), Ambassador Villagra Delgado (Argentina) and President AHK Argentina Pastorino
Ambassador Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia), Ambassador Jaguaribe (Brazil), Ambassador Villagra Delgado (Argentina), and Ambassador Quiroga Fernández (Mexico)
Ambassador Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia), Ambassador Jaguaribe (Brazil), Ambassador Villagra Delgado (Argentina), and Ambassador Quiroga Fernández (Mexico)
Ambassador Lemcke Arevalo (Guatemala) and Arthur E. Darboven
Ambassador Lemcke Arevalo (Guatemala) and Arthur E. Darboven
Tim O. Holt, Member of the Executive Board of Siemens Energy AG, and Ambassador Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia)
Tim O. Holt, Member of the Executive Board of Siemens Energy AG, and Ambassador Buitrago Restrepo (Colombia)
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Bolivia Mr Diaz Mamani and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Honduras Mr Núñez Maldonado
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Bolivia Mr Diaz Mamani and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Honduras Mr Núñez Maldonado

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