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German international cooperation with Turkey dates from the 1960s. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Turkey signed an agreement on technical cooperation in 1970. The European Union decided to award Turkey the status of candidate country in 1999. GIZ has maintained an office in Ankara since 1998; it currently has ten staff.

Bordering the sensitive regions of the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, Turkey has a unique geopolitical position. It successfully combines economic development with fundamentally democratic structures. In just a few decades, the Turkish economy has evolved from an agrarian-based to a diversified economy, even though there is still a clear divide between east and west. In contrast to western Turkey’s modern industries and flourishing tourism sector, the east remains primarily agricultural and underdeveloped in terms of infrastructure. Other challenges facing the country include its high dependence on energy imports, the impact of climate change, the shadow economy and bureaucratic inefficiency.

Turkey’s growing geopolitical importance – as evidenced, for example, in its membership of the G20 – necessitates new forms of cooperation. Topics on the agenda include working together on global challenges such as climate change, and triangular cooperation between Turkey and Germany with developing countries as the beneficiaries.

GIZ’s activities in Turkey focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, economic development and reconstruction assistance for Syria. We implement projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Foreign Office.

GIZ International Services (IS) is working in Turkey in the area of EU pre-accession assistance.

Office contact

GIZ Office Ankara
Country Director
Carl Taestensen
Email: giz-tuerkei@giz.de

Office address
GIZ Office Ankara
Aziziye Mahallesi, Pak Sokak No:1/101
06690 Çankaya / Ankara
Phone: +90 312 466 70 80
Fax: +90 312 467 7275
Email: giz-tuerkei@giz.de

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