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Foreign Minister Steinmeier unveils a plaque together with Kogi dignitaries: Germany supports the coffee project in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia

Foreign Minister Steinmeier unveils a plaque together with Kogi dignitaries: Germany supports the coffee project in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia
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Foreign Minister Steinmeier unveils a plaque together with Kogi dignitaries: Germany supports the coffee project in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia

Foreign Minister Steinmeier unveils a plaque together with Kogi dignitaries: Germany supports the coffee project in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia

Foreign Minister Steinmeier unveils a plaque together with Kogi dignitaries: Germany supports the coffee project in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia

Bilateral development cooperation with various Latin American and Caribbean countries is an important aspect of German‑Latin American relations. Over the past years and decades, Latin America has made significant progress in development. The region’s economy continues to grow, and effective social programmes have helped to alleviate poverty. With the largest tropical rain forest area in the world and over 40 percent of global biodiversity, Latin America is an important partner in preserving our global public goods.

Germany believes that fiscal and tax policies aimed at narrowing the gap between haves and have‑nots can do much to foster social cohesion and strengthen democracy. If the region is to achieve lasting success in world markets and in the international arena, it also needs to strengthen social security systems and promote dialogue between all sections of society. For over 50 years, Germany has been cooperating with the countries of Latin America to support the region’s development.

Germany’s development cooperation priorities

The focus of Germany’s development cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean is on protecting the climate and resources, as well as on strengthening democracy and good governance.

Our aim is to establish even stronger cooperation with other bilateral donors, multilateral development banks and the European Union. We also want to foster an intensive dialogue with governments and civil society aimed at creating a development‑friendly environment at both the national and international level. In addition, Germany is an important donor in European development cooperation.

Germany is interested in working more closely with Latin American partner countries on projects in third countries (triangular cooperation).

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Last updated 04.02.2015

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