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 largest trading partner in the European Union, with bilateral trade amounting to 2.35 billion euros in 2017 within the framework of a free trade agreement (since 2013). Major German companies have their own production facilities in Colombia.
The priority fields of development cooperation with Colombia are peace development and crisis prevention, environmental and resource protection as well as sustainable economic development. In November 2018, commitments totalling 535 million euros were made for new projects in the spheres of technical and financial cooperation (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, the investigation of contamination, clearance, as well as mine victim support and awareness-raising of the risks.
Germany actively supported the peace process with 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 the very extensive engagement of civil society institutions which are making a key contribution towards the efforts by civil society to foster peace in Colombia.
Academic relations are close, as demonstrated by the around 3280 Colombians studying at German universities, as well as by over 230 university partnerships, by exchanges of researchers and lecturers 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).
As one of the six Latin American countries visited by Alexander von Humboldt between 1799 and 1804, Colombia is among the countries in which the Federal Foreign Office is organising events in 2019 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of this important universal scholar.