Relations between Germany and Honduras are traditionally friendly, and Germany is held in high regard in Honduras. Bilateral, regional and multilateral development cooperation is greatly appreciated by the country. Alongside the development cooperation implementing organisations (GIZ and KfW), the German-Honduran Chamber of Commerce, several German political foundations, two German cultural centres and various NGOs are active in Honduras.
Germany is Honduras’ principal trading partner in the EU, the primary importer worldwide of Honduran coffee exports and the leading importer of textiles produced in Honduras. Germany’s main exports to Honduras are industrial facilities, machinery and electrical equipment, chemical and plastic products, engines and motor vehicles, iron goods and sheet metal. Honduras is a member of the Central American Association Agreement with the EU. Honduras has a trade surplus with Germany.
Development cooperation between Honduras and Germany is wide-ranging and involves a large number of institutions. Bilateral development cooperation is set to expire by the end of 2023; after that, there is to be more regional cooperation involving partnerships with the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), which is based in Tegucigalpa. Since 1961, Germany has made available bilateral funding totalling almost 600 million euro for technical and financial cooperation programmes in Honduras. This makes Germany one of the country’s largest bilateral donors along with the United States, Spain, Japan and Canada. In the least-developed region in the country’s north-east, Germany is by far the biggest international cooperation partner. Priority areas are vocational education and training as well as protection of the environment and resources. In these areas especially, Germany is a respected and influential partner in Honduras, not least thanks to the work of numerous German NGOs. Regional projects focus on youth violence prevention, renewable energy and energy efficiency.