Map Chile

Germany resumed its bilateral cooperation with Chile after the country’s return to democracy in 1990. In addition to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is currently one of GIZ’s most important commissioning parties in Chile. At present, GIZ has around 40 experts working in the country, including seconded and national personnel and CIM experts.

Due to its sustained economic growth and political stability, Chile is regarded as a role model among the Latin American countries and, in 2010, became the first South American country to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Chile’s strong economic growth has been accompanied by major expansion in the energy sector, with power consumption in Chile doubling every 10 years. This has led to an increase in the number of conventional thermal power plants and a surge in fossil fuel consumption, resulting in a substantial rise in Chile’s greenhouse gas emissions. However, by joining the OECD, Chile undertook a commitment to climate change mitigation and has announced some ambitious targets in this respect. Renewable energies and energy efficiency play an increasingly important role in meeting these targets. GIZ is implementing various programmes in support of the Chilean Government’s efforts in these fields.

Since 1980, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and BMZ have been working together to promote sustainable economic development and social cohesion in the region. In 2003, they entered into a strategic partnership as a basis for various multiannual programmes, implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ. The cooperation between BMZ and ECLAC, which is based on shared values, has thus intensified over the years.

Mining is one of the most important sectors in the Chilean economy. Over the last 10 years, it has accounted for an average 14.8 per cent share of gross domestic product (GDP) and for more than 50 per cent of the country’s total exports. GIZ is tasked with promoting international dialogue and an exchange of experience under a regional programme with other Andean nations and thus contributes to equitable and sustainable economic development and resource governance in the extractive industries.

Together with Chilean partner institutions, GIZ is implementing a number of projects and programmes through triangular cooperation arrangements in various Latin American countries, focusing on topics such as youth employment and waste management.

There is scope for improvement in Chile’s education system. In light of the country’s growing skills shortage, CIM experts are providing advice and support to the Government of Chile in this sector. CIM has also deployed other integrated experts in Chile to work on topics such as climate change and innovation management.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ-Büro Chile
Country Director
Jürgen Klenk

Office address
GIZ-Büro Chile
Federico Froebel 1776 Providencia-Santiago
Santiago de Chile
Phone: +56 2 2719 39 00
Fax: +56 2 7193934

Postal Address
Santiago de Chile

Project data