State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß (front row, 5th from left) with attendees of the meeting in the Economic Affairs Ministry as part of the 9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange

State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß (front row, 5th from left) with attendees of the meeting in the Economic Affairs Ministry as part of the 9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange

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Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier is welcoming representatives from 23 American countries to a dialogue on innovation policy as part of the 9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE). Under the motto “Building bridges”, Israel and Germany are jointly hosting the ACE from 24 to 29 June. In view of the close pan-American relations, the successful format is taking place away from the American continent for the first time.

Said Minister Altmaier: “Innovation is the basis for our prosperity, and can supply many of the answers to the challenges facing society. It therefore makes sense to bring forward innovations together and to learn about innovation policy-making from one another. We all benefit from openness. Innovation experts are particularly aware of this, because they are used to thinking and working out of the box. So I am delighted to be able to welcome so many bright minds from so many countries to Germany!”

The one-week meeting of more than 50 high-level innovation stakeholders from government, academia and commerce fosters dialogue and builds networks. The first outcome of the ACE in Germany is an innovation partnership with Argentina. A first call for German-Argentinian research and development projects is to take place before the end of the summer.

Following the conclusion of the Israeli part of the programme, State Secretary Dörr-Voß is opening the German part of this special edition of the ACE in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy today. The three-day programme, which is concentrated on Berlin and Dresden, presents the diversity of Germany’s economy and the strengths of its innovation system. More than 30 companies and over 20 research establishments are opening their gates, displaying their strengths and offering transatlantic cooperation.

Find out more at riacevents.org/ACE/germany-israel/