Political relations between Ecuador and Germany go back a long way. The most important issues in the two countries’ relations are trade and investment, development cooperation, environmental policy and the dual system of vocational training.
Development cooperation resumed in September 2017 following a temporary interruption. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Ecuador in February 2019 served to build on this and intensify bilateral relations.
Of Germany’s political foundations, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation currently have offices in Ecuador; the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is preparing to reopen its office.
Within the European Union, Germany is one of Ecuador’s most important trading partners. It is currently in fourth place among the 27 member states. Germany exported goods worth 458 million euro to Ecuador in 2020 and imported Ecuadorian goods worth 495 million euro.
Since 1977, Quito has been home to a German-Ecuadorian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. As well as its Embassy, Ecuador maintains an Institute for Export and Investment Promotion (PRO ECUADOR) in Germany and has had a Consulate General in Hamburg since 1993. Its accession to a multiparty trade agreement with the European Union on 1 January 2017 injected considerable momentum into bilateral economic relations.
Germany is one of Ecuador’s largest bilateral donors in the context of development cooperation. The most recent bilateral intergovernmental negotiations on development cooperation were held virtually in November 2020; in 2021, Germany pledged additional support to help fight the pandemic. Pledges in 2020/21 total 90.6 million euro. The priority areas of German-Ecuadorian cooperation are the environment and natural resources, peace and societal cohesion, climate and energy, and sustainable urban development.
The main intermediaries in cultural exchange between Germany and Ecuador are the Humboldt-Gesellschaft/Goethe-Zentrum in Quito, the German-Ecuadorian Cultural Centre in Guayaquil and the German schools in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca.
Cooperation at university level is promoted primarily through short-term research scholarships, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships and lecturer exchange programmes.