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US Chargée d’affaires Robin S. Quinville. Picture by Land NRW.

Friday, 7 May 2021, Berlin Germany: North Rhine Westphalia’s Minister for European and International Affairs, Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner welcomed the US Chargée d’affaires Robin S. Quinville to sign the guestbook of NRW state government, and exchange views on the intensive partnership and transatlantic cooperation between Germany, NRW and the United States of America.

This was the very first visit to the NRW representation by a US top diplomatic envoy since the change of administration in the USA, albeit Minister Dr. Holthoff-Pförtner did hold a virtual meeting with US Consul General Fiona Evans back in January 2021. 

USA-NRW ties 

The USA are represented in NRW by Consul General in Düsseldorf, Fiona Evans.

The USA is one of North Rhine-Westphalia’s most important foreign trade partners. At the same time, US companies are amongst the largest investors and foreign employers in North Rhine-Westphalia. North Rhine-Westphalia is home to more than 1,600 US companies. In 2017, they invested a total of around 13 billion euros. German cities and municipalities are partnered with a total of 32 US cities and municipalities.

According to statistics by NRW about 13,500 US Americans live in the federal state. Between NRW and the USA there are 35 state partnership between cities. Beyond the latter there are 104 school partnerships, 327 signed cooperation agreements between NRW and US American universities and colleges that intensify the transatlantic exchanges. 

The number of school and university cooperations between North Rhine-Westphalia and the USA has increased since 2016. In total, there are 122 school partnerships (2016: 99) and 288 cooperations between universities and colleges (2016: 220).

For further information 

US Embassy in Germany (Chargée d’affairs Robin S. Quinville):

US Consulate General in Düsseldorf (Consul General Fiona Evans):

Representation of NRW to the German Federation:

Previous visits by erstwhile Ambassador Richard Grenell:

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