Wintershall Chairman Rainer Seele new President of the German-Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade
At its General Assembly, the members of the German-Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade (AHK) have elected Dr. Rainer Seele, Chairman of Wintershall, as their new President. He replaces Dr. Heinrich Weiss, Chairman of the SMS Group, as the head of the AHK.
“The reason why Germany and Russia are strong and – in particular – long-term partners is because the companies on both sides have recognised that an ongoing dialogue provides the basis for mutual success,” says Rainer Seele. “The Chamber of Foreign Trade has developed in recent years into an essential platform in the German-Russian economic dialogue.”
As part of his presidency, Seele is committed to further improving the underlying framework conditions. As President, he is also a member of an expanded Presidential Council whose main task is to represent the economic interests of German and Russian companies.
“With Dr. Seele, a president has been elected whose company epitomises the German-Russian economic cooperation in an exemplary fashion and who also has close personal ties with Russia,” explains Michael Harms, Chairman of the AHK. “The importance of Russia as a current and future marketplace is illustrated by the increased number of German companies active in Russia. There are now more than 6,300,” adds Harms.
In 2011, the trade balance of the two countries achieved a new record value of almost 75 billion euros. Germany has therefore consolidated its place in the list of most important trade partners for Russia. Parallel to this, there has been an increase in demand for AHK services and products: 138 new members joined the organisation in 2011. Approximately 800 companies are currently members of the German-Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade, of which almost 20 per cent are purely Russian companies