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Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is visiting Lima on 23 - 26 February 2016. Together with Deputy Minister for Energy and Mining Guillermo Shinno, he will open the constitutive meeting of the German-Peruvian Intergovernmental Working Group on Cooperation in the Fields of Raw Materials, Industry and Technology on 23 February. Mr Beckmeyer will also attend the 7th EITI Global Conference, which will decide on the full membership of Germany in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

State Secretary Beckmeyer said: "We aim at sustainable cooperation with Peru based on partnership. In 2015, Germany was Peru's most important trading partner in the European Union. Our economic relations do not, however, focus on raw materials alone. Research and training are also important aspects of our cooperation. As Special Federal Government Commissioner for the Implementation of EITI in Germany, transparency in the commodities sector is an issue which is very close to my heart."

The German-Peruvian Working Group is to discuss possible cooperation to tackle technological challenges, develop innovation, rehabilitate disused mining areas, further train skilled labour and efficiently use raw materials including water and energy. In the run-up to the constitutive meeting, talks with representatives of civil society took place both in Germany and Peru.

The decision on the full membership of Germany during the EITI Global Conference marks the end of an 18-month candidacy. Germany is one of the world's leading importers of industrial raw materials, and therefore bears a special responsibility for people and the environment in the countries with extractive industries. At the same time, Germany is among the countries that apply the highest standards when extracting raw materials at home. We therefore aim to meet the EITI standard and encourage other countries to join as well.

State Secretary Beckmeyer is being accompanied by Prof. Edda Müller, Chair of Transparency International Germany, and Matthias Wachter, Head of the Security and Raw Materials Department at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Both are representatives of the German Multi-Stakeholder Group that steers the implementation of the Initiative in Germany and considerably contributed to the preparation of the candidacy.

Further information about EITI and the implementation in Germany can be found at www.d-eiti.de/en/