Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Melanie Moltmann, Consul General of Germany in Atlanta
Join us for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Melanie Moltmann, Consul General of Germany in Atlanta. After an hour of networking, Consul General Moltmann will discuss the work of the German Consulate, her experiences during her career postings and her observations on global affairs with Mark Pierson, ACIR's Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development. The reception attendees (limited to 30) will then have the opportunity to ask the Consul General questions. Remarks are strictly off-the-record and not recorded.
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
About Consul General Melanie MoltmannMelanie Moltmann, Germany’s new Consul General arrived in Atlanta in September 2022. Ms. Moltmann comes to the Southeast U.S. from Berlin, where she served as Deputy Head of Division, Division for Immigration Law, Visa and Immigration Policy.
Ms. Moltmann also has served Deputy Head of Mission and Counselor for Cultural and Press Affairs in the German embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Desk Officer, Division for South East Asia and the Pacific in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin; and Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy Yerevan, Armenia.
A Russian speaker, Ms. Moltmann earned an LLM degree in Moscow between her legal studies and a three-year study program at the Court of Cassation in Schleswig, Germany. She is married and has three sons.
The German Consulate General in Atlanta was opened in 1904 and is the official representation of the German government to the southeast of the United States. The consular district includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
About United States – Germany Relations
Germany is one of the United States’ closest and strongest Allies in Europe. The U.S. relations with Germany are based on a mutual and vital relationship as friends, trading partners, and Allies. The political, economic, cultural, and security relationships of the two countries, critical to shared prosperity and continued stability, are based on extensive people-to-people ties and close coordination at the most senior levels.
Germany – U.S. Economic Relationship
In 2019, bilateral trade in goods and services between Germany and the U.S totaled nearly $260 billion, with U.S. exports of $96.7 billion and imports of $162.9 billion. All of the $66.2 billion trade deficit in 2019 was in goods. Bilateral trade in services ($71.6 billion in 2019) is roughly in balance with a U.S. surplus of $1.7 billion (down from a $3 billion surplus in 2018).
While Americans have invested more than $148 billion FDI in Germany, Germans have invested $522 billion FDI in the United States – 29 percent of all FDI from the EU.
Germany – Georgia Bilateral Trade and Investment:
There are over 500 German companies in the state of Georgia, with many of them associated with the Southeast’s thriving automotive industry. There are also many “Mittelstand” or family-owned small-to-medium sized companies which often go to smaller, more rural Georgia towns for their American presence. The State of Georgia’s European economic development office is headquartered in Munich, which is the largest of its 12 international offices.
Atlanta is the Southern headquarters of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, which covers 11 states, as well as the German School and the German Cultural Center. Atlanta has a sister city relationship with the city of Nuremberg and Georgia has a sister state relationship with Bavaria.
EXPORTS: In 2020, Georgia's exports to Germany totaled $4.1 billion. Germany is the 2nd largest export market for Georgia. Top exports from Georgia to Germany include aircraft, motor vehicles, optical fibers, chemical wood pulp, and turbines. Germany is the top destination for Georgia aerospace exports, valued at $1.85 billion. Georgia leads the nation in the export of some of the following goods to Germany: insecticides, optical fibers, and chemical wood pulp.
IMPORTS: In 2020, Georgia's imports from Germany totaled $7.35 billion. Germany ranks 3rd among Georgia’s importer nations. Top imports from Germany to Georgia include motor vehicles, medicaments, turbines, optical fibers, and wood fiberboard.
There are at least 58 Georgia companies with operations in Germany, including Alimera Sciences, Bridgestone Golf, Delta Air Lines, Eversheds Sutherland, Graphic Packaging Holding, Novelis, Porex Corporation, and WestRock.
Diplomatic Dialogue 2023 Sponsor
Beer And Food Sponsor
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology