- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT
- RURAL DEVELOPMENT
GIZ has been working on behalf of the German Government for almost 40 years to support China in its reform and openness policy. This work serves the interest of both countries and reflects China’s changed role in the world. The German Government’s projects and programmes are embedded in the wide-ranging strategic partnership between China and Germany. GIZ currently has around 40 seconded staff and 80 national personnel working in China on 30 Sino-German projects and programmes, as well as on more than 10 regional or global projects and programmes.
China is Germany’s most important global trading partner, while Germany is China’s most important trading partner in Europe. Cooperation between the two countries has been increasing over recent years in a large number of areas. As a German partner for sustainable development, GIZ supports China in striking a balance between economic growth, social justice and climate change mitigation. A growing number of projects and programmes also focus on safeguarding global public goods. Cooperation between China and Germany also aims to improve economic ties and facilitates communication on intercultural issues.
GIZ works in China on behalf of seven German Government ministries. The largest commissioning parties of projects and programmes in China are the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ also operates in China on behalf of the European Union, foundations, Chinese public sector clients, and European businesses.
GIZ works in China in the following priority areas:
- The rule of law
- Climate change, the environment and natural resources
- Industry 4.0, energy, transport and mobility
- Standards in industry, infrastructure and trade
GIZ’s services in China incorporate many elements of international cooperation: organising, developing and providing technical input for bilateral political dialogue are one of the key services provided. It is increasingly important, in this context, to bring together a range of stakeholders and facilitate their exchange, for example by involving associations and businesses in political processes. GIZ also provides policy advisory services, technical expertise, initial and continuing training, and support for organisational development in areas representing Germany’s commitment worldwide.
For its advisory services, GIZ utilises a wide-ranging network of German, international and Chinese experts and institutions in Germany and Europe.