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Bilateral political relations between Germany and El Salvador have traditionally been good and friendly. Germany is held in high regard in El Salvador. German organisations active in El Salvador include development-cooperation institutions (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), the German School, the German-El Salvadorian Chamber of Commerce, the political foundations, a bilateral cultural forum, church organisations (including Adveniat and Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service), and a large number of NGOs and private initiatives (e.g. school partnerships and joint municipal projects). Furthermore, many German businesspeople have played a part in El Salvador’s economic development. The two countries also work together in international and multilateral bodies. Germany is one of El Salvador’s most important European trading partners and one of the largest importers of the country’s coffee. 

Development cooperation between Germany and El Salvador dates back half a century. Since 2008, it has taken place mainly in the framework of regional cooperation with the Central American Integration System (SICA), whose General Secretariat is based in El Salvador, and through support provided to the Honduras-based Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). El Salvador remains an important partner not just for German development cooperation in Central America, but also when it comes to regional cooperation. Cooperation focuses on the areas of environmental and climate protection, renewable energy and energy efficiency, security, (re-)integration of children and young people at risk of absconding and prevention of youth violence. Numerous small projects from the sphere of “classic” development cooperation are also promoted in El Salvador (for example, improving access to drinking water, infrastructure measures in clinics, schools). 

Cultural relations between the two countries are based on a bilateral cultural agreement, while there is a bilateral investment protection and promotion agreement for the business sector.

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El Salvador primarily benefits via the German economic cooperation regional programme channelled through the Central American Integration System (SICA). The headquarters of SICA is located in El Salvador.

For more information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development .

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