Germany and Pakistan enjoy close and diverse relations. Germany is represented in Pakistan by an embassy in the capital, Islamabad, and a consulate general in the country’s business hub, Karachi.
Germany is very keen to see democratic and sustainable development in Pakistan and has a great interest in the country playing a constructive role in the region. German-Pakistan development cooperation began in 1955. Since then, the German Government has pledged approximately 3.5 billion euros in project support, of which some 3.1 billion has already been disbursed. Development cooperation focuses on support for the energy sector, good governance and business (incl. vocational training). Extensive support is also provided for the health sector (vaccination programmes, blood transfusion service, basic healthcare).
In bilateral trade in 2019, German exports to Pakistan were worth approximately 1.8 billion euros and imports from Pakistan 1.1 billion euros. Pakistan’s main exports to Germany are textiles, leather goods, sports goods, footwear and medical instruments, and its main imports from Germany are machinery, chemical and electrical goods, motor vehicles and iron goods.
The long-established, effective academic and scientific exchange plays an important part in cultural relations between Germany and Pakistan.
The Goethe-Institut in Karachi and its office in Lahore (Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus) is the major actor in cultural relations, offering cultural programmes and language courses. Germany is one of the most popular destinations for young Pakistan researchers wishing to pursue a PhD, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. More than 4000 young people from Pakistan are currently studying in Germany. In 2018, 656 students and researchers from Pakistan received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Hanns Seidel Foundation are all represented in Pakistan, supporting projects in the fields of strengthening democratic institutions, promoting human rights and empowering women, tackling climate change, deradicalisation, regional cooperation and media work, among others.