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. A few major German companies have production facilities in Colombia; the German-Colombian Chamber of Industry and Commerce has over 300 members.
Development cooperation with Colombia focuses on peace and societal cohesion, responsibility for our planet – climate and energy, and protection of key life resources – 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 people affected by the internal conflict and for refugees and migrants from Venezuela. On top of that, it is supporting state institutions. In the sphere of humanitarian mine and ordnance clearance, German assistance is aimed at expansion of civilian capacities, investigation of contamination, and clearance, 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 helping to bolster work by civil society to foster peace in Colombia.
Academic relations between the two countries are close, as demonstrated by some 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).