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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. Currently 86 national and 38 international employees are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017).

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.

Projects and Programmes

Governance and democracy

environment and climate change

Economic development and employment

Rural Development

Completed Projects and Programmes

Sino-German Environmental Partnership (BMUB) Protection of Sustainable Policy Initiatives in the Management of Natural Resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD) Preserving biodiversity in the Kailash region Qualification of Key Actors on Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector (BMUB) Climate protection and electro-mobility (BMUB) Consumer Data Protection with Emerging Economies Sino-German dialogue on the promotion of a mobility and fuel strategy in China Climate change mitigation in land use (BMUB) Leadership training on environmental and climate issues (BMUB) Energy efficiency in public buildings Regional economic cooperation and integration in Asia Unterstützung der deutsch-chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe zur Produktsicherheit Toy safety in China – a development partnership with the private sector Disaster risk management Energy efficiency and climate-friendly development in one province (Jiangsu) and in selected cities (BMUB) Transport Demand Management in Peking - Minderung von Emissionen im städtischen Verkehr Economic and Structural Reform Consumer Protection and Product Safety Programme Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Windenergie - Angewandte Forschung und Ausbildung (II) Renewable energy: optimisation of biomass utilisation Wind Power Research and Training Centre Energy policy and energy efficiency Financial System Development Converting XPS foam production from F-gases to climate-friendly CO2 technology (BMUB) Manufacture of room air conditioners using hydrocarbons as a replacement for halogenated refrigerants (BMUB) Climate protection through energy efficiency in buildings (baseline study) (BMUB) Environmental Policy Programme Insurance instruments for adaptation to climate change (BMUB) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Cooperation with the management academy

Project evaluations