Germany's competitiveness on the global market is of increasing importance. Its attractiveness for foreign investors is crucial, for their investments create or preserve jobs and help further develop technology.

The globalization of the economy further increases Germany's dependence on the world market. Yet at the same time, globalization means that people's lives all over the world are ever more closely interconnected.

The common responsibility of all states to ensure stable economic development for the benefit of everyone is becoming increasingly apparent, and in view of political conflicts it is more true than ever that trade and a dense network of economic links create trust and stabilize international relations.

It is therefore the task of Germany's foreign policy to both promote and protect German economic interests in the world and to help foster the further development of just and sustainable global economic cooperation.

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Second German-African Business Summit (GABS) Nairobi, 8 – 10 February 2017

The conference will be held in Africa for the first time from 8 to 10 February 2017. The German-African Business Summit is being co-organised by the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI).

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The promotion of foreign trade

External economic promotion is one of the Foreign Service's main tasks. Along with its over 220 missions abroad, the Federal Foreign Office uses a broad range of measures worldwide to support German firms engaged in foreign markets.

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Germany as a location for business and investment

Germany's great competitive strength internationally is illustrated most clearly in its high level of and rapidly growing merchandise exports.

Outstanding research: a high-tech microscope

Research, science and technology

Today, research and development-intensive industries account for more than half of all industrial production in Germany. Here you will find information about the major German research institutions.

How to Export to the European Union

How can developing countries best access the European Union (EU) market? A good starting point is the European Commission's Export Helpdesk, which provides a free online service covering all import rules in force in the EU on a product-by-product and country-by-country basis.

Business and Development

Feb 16, 2017 11:57 AM

Building bridges for sustainable growth

How well German firms and African young professionals can work together is demonstrated by German-African initiatives in industry and higher education.

Feb 16, 2017 8:38 AM

Kenyan multimedia platform “Shujaaz” wants to change the way young people behave

The business with the hard-boiled eggs was one of the things that most impressed Rob Burnet. But more about that later. The Brit is the founder and director of “Well Told Story” (WTS), a Kenya-based company that produces a variety of media while at the same time pursuing sociological research. Funding for this research comes partly from Germany’s Hanns Seidel Foundation. Based in Karen, close to the capital Nairobi, WTS’ most important product is “Shujaaz” (“Heroes”), which Burnet describes as “a kind of interactive media platform for young people”.

Feb 13, 2017 12:06 PM

New energy for Uganda and Rwanda

A reliable supply of water and electricity cannot be taken for granted in East Africa. Germany is committed to changing this. One example is the EnDev programme implemented by GIZ and BMZ, another Germany's support to the Nile Basin Initiative.

Feb 13, 2017 12:06 PM

New economic partnership with Africa

"Technical and vocational education and training is the key to more investment and more jobs in Africa," said German Development Minister Gerd Müller at the German-African Business Summit in Nairobi.

Feb 10, 2017 10:24 AM

German-African start-ups

They are young, creative and successful: German-African start-ups are active in many areas. Four cooperative ventures with a promising future.



Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

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Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.

iMOVE: Training - Made in Germany

Training - Made in Germany

iMOVE is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to promote and facilitate global business and co-operation between German training providers and international public and private organisations. iMOVE is a section of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, providing collaboration opportunities and helping to establish contacts with high-ranking officials and individuals from the education sector. 

iXPOS - A Platform for Foreign Companies Interested in the German Market

iXPOS – The German Business Portal presents its newly revamped website featuring not only a new design but also an expanded content and advanced functionality to serve a wider international community.