Last updated in November 2015
Bilateral political relations between Germany and Peru are close and friendly. Germany supports the democratic stabilisation of Peru aimed at safeguarding human rights, promoting the rule of law, decentralisation and civil society participation. In development cooperation, Germany is assisting Peru in the pressing task of reducing poverty.
There has been a marked increase in the number of high-level visits in recent years. Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Federal President Gauck were in Peru for talks in February and March 2015, respectively. There have also been numerous visits by other government ministers, state secretaries and members of the German Bundestag.
Germany is a major trading partner of Peru’s, supplying high-quality capital goods and importing from Peru raw materials and agricultural products. The principal German imports from Peru are fish meal, asparagus, coffee and ores. Germany’s main exports to Peru are machinery of all kinds, electrical goods, pharmaceutical products and motor vehicles.
In 2014, trade between Germany and Peru partially made up for the losses of the previous year. There was once again a balance of trade surplus (of USD 249 million) in Germany’s favour, compared with USD 217 million in 2013. According to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Peru’s exports to Germany totalled USD 1.23 billion and its imports from Germany USD 1.48 billion in 2014.
A German-Peruvian investment protection agreement has been in force since 1997. No bilateral double taxation agreement has yet been concluded. The EU’s free trade agreement with Peru and Colombia has been provisionally applied since 1 March 2013 and, following Colombia’s completion of its internal ratification procedures in June, has now been provisionally in force for all three parties since 1 August 2013. The agreement will enter into force definitively when it has been ratified by all EU member states.
An agreement on cooperation in the raw materials sector was signed in 2014, this raw materials partnership formally entering into force at the beginning of 2015.
Peru is a partner country of German development cooperation and one of the biggest recipients of German development cooperation funding in Latin America. This assistance is greatly valued and appreciated by the Peruvian side. In all, Peru has received some EUR 2 billion in Financial Cooperation (FC) and Technical Cooperation (TC) since bilateral cooperation began.
In consultation with the Peruvian government, bilateral development cooperation focuses on the following three priority areas: democracy, civil society and public administration; drinking water supply and sanitation; and sustainable rural development, management of natural resources and climate change.
Culture and education
Cultural relations are also wide-ranging. The Goethe Institute has a branch in Lima, and two other German-Peruvian cultural institutes are located in Arequipa and Cusco. Apart from the Alexander von Humboldt School (an International School with approximately 1,600 students), there are two other German Schools Abroad, in Chosica (near Lima) and in Arequipa, and three other schools that are supported by the Federal Foreign Office, in particular on account of their German teaching. In all, 11 Peruvian schools participate in the Schools – Partners for the Future initiative (PASCH), which is designed to arouse young people’s long-term interest in present-day Germany and in the German language. It is also thanks to this initiative that there are now some 17,500 people learning German in Peru.
Another priority area of cultural cooperation is scientific and academic exchange. In 2014, there were around 184 Peruvians studying in Germany on German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships. Conversely, the DAAD provided support to some 211 Germans studying in Peru. A DAAD academic teacher has been working at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima since August 2011.
In April 2013, the DAAD and the Peruvian Ministry of Education concluded the so-called ALEPRONA agreement, which in its initial phase provides for the annual award of up to 100 excellence scholarships to Peruvian university graduates enabling them to pursue postgraduate studies (master’s and PhD programmes) in Germany. The first scholarship holders were jointly seen off by Federal President Gauck and Peruvian President Humala in March 2015.
The German Research Foundation has funded four Peru-related projects. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is providing funding to a Peruvian scientist.
Of special note is the research work being done by the German Archaeological Institute’s Commission for General and Comparative Archaeology in Palpa near Nazca in cooperation with Peruvian institutions.