Last updated in March 2017


Alexander von Humboldt’s report on his trip to Mexico back in 1803 and 1804 heralded the start of Germany’s fascination with Mexico, undiminished to this day. Conversely, Germany has also traditionally been held in high regard in Mexico.

Bilateral relations are very sound. The first meeting of the German-Mexican Binational Commission was held in 2015. The topics discussed were politics, sustainable development, the environment and climate change, science, research and innovation, business and energy as well as culture and education. The aim of the commission is to steadily strengthen bilateral relations. The next meeting is scheduled to be held in Mexico in 2017. From 11 to 12 April 2016, Mexican President Peña Nieto came to Germany on a state visit, during which 13 agreements were signed on a range of topics including energy, climate and fighting corruption.

For the period 2016-2017, Mexico and Germany are carrying out comprehensive programmes to showcase themselves in the respective partner country. President Peña Nieto opened the Year of Mexico in Germany during his visit to Berlin in April 2016, while Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the Year of Germany in Mexico, during which 1000 individual events are planned, in Mexico City on 6 June 2016.

Germany is regarded as an important partner in Europe, of whom strong economic, political and cultural engagement in Mexico is expected, as well as close cooperation at multilateral level.

There are also frequent high-level visits in both directions. In particular, business delegations from the German federal states are creating ever closer ties between the two countries.

There are town twinning arrangements between Berlin and Mexico City and a partnership agreement between the federal states of Bavaria and Jalisco. A partnership has also been established between Rhineland-Palatinate and Aguascalientes.

The two countries’ Foreign Ministers meet frequently for consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues. 


Economic relations between Germany and Mexico show considerable momentum. In particular, Germany’s already substantial – and still growing – investment in Mexico features prominently in bilateral economic relations.

In 2016, bilateral trade was worth some 17.83 billion US dollars. Bilateral trade focuses mainly on the automotive sector as well as the chemical, pharmaceutical and electronics industries. Germany is Mexico’s principal trading partner in the European Union.

More than 1900 companies with German participation are registered with the Mexican Economics Ministry, most of them in the automotive and automotive suppliers industry, as well as in the pharmaceutical, chemical and logistics sectors. The Mexican-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAMEXA) estimates German companies’ aggregate capital to be worth around 35 billion US dollars. 

Development cooperation

German development cooperation with Mexico aims to help the country implement its ambitious development strategies in the following priority areas: sustainable energy (renewables/energy efficiency), environmental policy and the conservation of natural resources (urban and industrial environment protection and preserving biodiversity) and strengthening its influence as a regional player. By directly supporting the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) and through triangular cooperation arrangements, German development cooperation is helping Mexico to strengthen its role as a development partner for third countries in the region. In 2015, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and AMEXCID set up a fund financed in equal parts by them, from which individual projects aimed at supporting reforms in the spheres of good governance, the rule of law and human rights are funded. The political participation of NGOs is being fostered by an initiative to strengthen civil society. As part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the Federal Environment Ministry is funding bilateral and multi-country projects with the Mexican Government, including the German-Mexican Climate Change Alliance. Through CAMEXA, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany is helping the Mexican Government to introduce and implement a Mexican dual vocational training model, which continues to be a top priority for the Mexican Government and the business associations involved. The dialogue between Germany and Mexico on development and environmental policy is conducted in a spirit of partnership thanks to the very good relations between the two countries. 

Culture and education

Mexico is a priority country for German cultural relations and education policy and all Germany’s major cultural organisations are active there. 

There are several publicly funded German international schools in Mexico – three in Mexico City and one each in Puebla and Guadalajara. The schools in Mexico City and the one in Puebla prepare students for the German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), while the one in Guadalajara offers the International Baccalaureate. All in all, the schools are attended by nearly 6000 students. 

There are also schools in Mexico City, Puebla and Cuauhtémoc that offer instruction leading to the German Language Certificate (DSD). In addition, five Mexican schools across the country are Goethe-Institut partner schools under the Schools: Partners for the Future initiative. There is a growing demand for German as a foreign language, with some 75,000 people currently learning German in Mexico. 

The Goethe-Institut (GI) plays a prominent role in cultural cooperation. Founded in 1966, the GI in Mexico City is engaged in intensive language work (with some 6700 people currently attending its courses) and also organises a high-quality, modern cultural programme. In addition, there are German-Mexican cultural centres in Monterrey and San Luis Potosí. 


This text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its contents.

Development cooperation

Mexico is a partner country of German development cooperation. For more information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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