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The Finance Ministry around the world


Around 90 of­fi­cials of the Fi­nance Min­istry work in oth­er coun­tries all over the world. This se­ries of ar­ti­cles will give you an in­sight in­to the ev­ery­day lives of our rep­re­sen­ta­tives who work at Ger­man em­bassies and with supra­na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­i­sa­tions. Their job is to mon­i­tor and eval­u­ate cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in fi­nan­cial, eco­nom­ic, mon­e­tary and tax poli­cies.


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The German Finance Ministry at the OECD

In 2015, Ger­many’s am­bas­sador to France asked the Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry for sup­port in bud­getary and tax­a­tion mat­ters. In re­sponse, Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lor Karin Hochhaus was sec­ond­ed to Ger­many’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the OECD in Paris for a pe­ri­od of just over three years. The per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tion plays a key role in com­mu­ni­cat­ing Ger­man in­ter­ests in the OECD, but al­so in pro­mot­ing OECD per­spec­tives in Ger­many.


The Finance Ministry at the German Embassy in New Delhi

The In­di­an sub­con­ti­nent is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rapid eco­nom­ic growth. Thanks to its eco­nom­ic strength, the struc­tural re­forms im­ple­ment­ed by the gov­ern­ment and its huge pop­u­la­tion num­bers, In­dia will join Chi­na and the U.S. as one of the world’s largest economies in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture. Wolf­gang Horn­ing has been sec­ond­ed from the Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry to the Ger­man Em­bassy in New Del­hi to ob­serve these de­vel­op­ments up close.


The Finance Ministry at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

In light of the chal­lenges cur­rent­ly threat­en­ing in­ter­na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty, the ar­eas of se­cu­ri­ty and de­fence pol­i­cy are play­ing an in­creas­ing­ly im­por­tant role. Chris­tian Wid­maier’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude deal­ing with bud­get-re­lat­ed is­sues sur­round­ing the civil­ian con­tri­bu­tions to op­er­a­tions and mis­sions. This is an op­por­tu­ni­ty as much as it is a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty – that of mak­ing an ac­tive con­tri­bu­tion to en­sur­ing peace and se­cu­ri­ty around the world.


The Finance Ministry at the German Embassy in London

With her let­ter of 29 March 2017, British Prime Min­is­ter There­sa May trig­gered the Unit­ed King­dom’s with­draw­al from the Eu­ro­pean Union. This was pre­cise­ly the pe­ri­od when Wern­er Kerk­loh ar­rived as the first Fi­nance Min­istry rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Ger­man Em­bassy in Lon­don.


The Finance Ministry at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

The IMF’s mis­sion in­cludes in­ten­si­fy­ing in­ter­na­tion­al co­op­er­a­tion in the area of mon­e­tary pol­i­cy, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ex­pan­sion and bal­anced growth of world trade, and pro­mot­ing the sta­bil­i­ty of ex­change rates. In the of­fice of the Ger­man Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at the IMF in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., our col­league San­dro Maluck helps to en­sure that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion is heard.


Ministry The Finance Ministry at the German Embassy in Paris

Fifty-five years ago, French Pres­i­dent Charles de Gaulle and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Kon­rad Ade­nauer signed the Élysée Treaty, there­by lay­ing the foun­da­tions for the Fran­co-Ger­man friend­ship. The two coun­tries agreed to en­gage in far-reach­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al co­op­er­a­tion. Chris­tian Dahlhaus is re­spon­si­ble for nur­tur­ing this unique re­la­tion­ship in Paris on be­half of the Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry.


Ministry The Finance Ministry at the German Embassy in Beijing

Chi­na has be­come a po­lit­i­cal heavy­weight thanks to the rapid eco­nom­ic growth it has un­der­gone in the past 20–30 years. The Chi­nese fi­nan­cial mar­kets al­so count among the most dy­nam­ic in the world. Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lor Niko­lai Putsch­er and his team anal­yse de­vel­op­ments from Bei­jing and work to­wards cre­at­ing clos­er ties be­tween Chi­na and Ger­many, and the EU.


The Finance Ministry at the European Union in Brussels

Brus­sels is the po­lit­i­cal heart of the Eu­ro­pean Union, and thus it is es­sen­tial for Ger­many to en­sure that its in­ter­ests are rep­re­sent­ed there. In the area of fi­nance, this im­por­tant task has been en­trust­ed to Elis­a­beth Göt­tlinger, the Fi­nance Min­istry’s Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lor at the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many to the Eu­ro­pean Union in Brus­sels.


The Finance Ministry at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Ger­man Em­bassy in the cap­i­tal of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca is al­so strate­gi­cal­ly im­por­tant for the Fi­nance Min­istry. As the head of the fi­nance di­vi­sion, Elke Kallen­bach and her col­leagues pri­mar­i­ly deal with U.S eco­nom­ic, fi­nan­cial, mon­e­tary and tax poli­cies.


Ministry The Finance Ministry at the United Nations in New York

The head­quar­ters of the Unit­ed Na­tions (UN) is lo­cat­ed in New York. The UN’s main ob­jec­tives are peace­keep­ing, pro­tect­ing hu­man rights, and pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tion­al co­op­er­a­tion. Ka­ri­na Witt has been rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many re­gard­ing the UN bud­get since Septem­ber 2017.