Germany and Colombia enjoy friendly and increasingly close relations. Political dialogue, the German business community, academia, the cultural scene and development cooperation all play a part in fostering closer ties between the two countries.
Germany is Colombia’s fifth‑largest trading partner, with a trade volume of 2.5 billion euro (2019), and its largest within the EU under a free trade agreement in place since 2013. Major German companies have their own production facilities in Colombia.
Development cooperation with Colombia focuses on the issues of peace and societal cohesion, the climate and energy, and the environment and natural resources. In December 2020, commitments totalling 509.3 million euro were made for new technical and financial cooperation projects (grants and loans).
In addition, Germany is providing humanitarian assistance for Colombians affected by the internal conflict and for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. On top of that, it is helping state institutions to tackle the situation. In the sphere of humanitarian mine and ordnance clearance, German assistance is aimed at the expansion of civilian capacities, at the investigation of contamination and at clearance itself, as well as at supporting mine victims and raising awareness of the risks.
Germany actively supported the peace process with the former guerilla group FARC from the outset. This support took the form of various measures both at national level and in the regions.
Furthermore, Germany is providing public funding for institutions whose very extensive efforts are doing a great deal to bolster work by civil society to foster peace in Colombia.
Academic relations between the two countries are close, as demonstrated by the around 3500 Colombians studying at German universities, as well as by over 260 higher education cooperation projects, by researcher and lecturer exchanges and by cooperation under scholarship programmes.
The main pillars of academic relations are the Centre of Excellence in Marine Sciences (CEMarin) and the German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ).