Relations between Germany and Honduras are traditionally friendly, and Germany is held in high regard in Honduras. The emergency relief and reconstruction assistance provided by the Federal Government and private German donors in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and Germany’s ongoing bilateral, regional and multilateral development cooperation are greatly appreciated by Honduras. German institutions in Honduras include development cooperation implementing organisations (GIZ and KfW), the German-Honduran Chamber of Commerce, several German political foundations, two German cultural centres and various NGOs.
Germany is Honduras’ principal trading partner in the EU, the primary importer 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.
Development cooperation between Honduras and Germany is wide-ranging and involves a large number of institutions. In addition to bilateral programmes, there is regional cooperation that includes neighbouring countries, as well as 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 540 million euros 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. These activities focus on two priority areas: education and environmental and resource protection (including the sustainable use of natural resources and climate protection). In these areas especially, Germany is seen as an acknowledged and influential partner in Honduras. Regional projects focus on youth violence prevention, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Furthermore, a large number of micro-projects, ranging from the building of new schools to conducting further training, help to improve living conditions in various parts of the country.