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GIZ local staff

National employees: 109
International employees: 48

(as at: 31.12.2020)  

On behalf of the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been supporting social and environmental development in China – based on global standards and norms – for 40 years. This work is in the interests of the two countries and takes account of China’s changed role in the world. All GIZ projects in China are incorporated into the comprehensive strategic partnership between Germany and China.

China is the world’s second largest economy, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and Germany’s most important trading partner. For Germany, China is a partner, competitor and rival, all at the same time. One of the key challenges is to collaborate with China to implement effective climate and environmental policy to protect global public goods. Another goal of cooperation is to promote the rule of law and legal certainty in China. The country’s increasing links with the world also make it important to harmonise standards and norms in business and to shape China’s activities abroad in the long term.

GIZ works for seven federal ministries in China. It also implements projects on behalf of the European Union, foundations and Chinese public clients.

GIZ’s work in China focuses on the following priority areas:

  • climate, the environment and natural resources
  • rule of law
  • industry, trade and infrastructure.

In order to promote cooperation between the two countries in the interests of effective climate protection, GIZ is promoting dialogue between the relevant ministries on both sides. Moreover, GIZ is assisting China in developing renewable energies and enhancing energy efficiency in industry and in buildings. Another goal involves building a low-carbon economy.

Symposiums, seminars and study trips for Chinese experts promote standards relating to the rule of law and improve mutual understanding of law between Germany and China. There is a particular focus on teaching standardisation methods.

Discussions are being held between the two countries in Sino-German working groups for business and science in order to eliminate obstacles to trade and investment. In addition, GIZ offers technical expertise and country-specific knowledge to the commissioning German ministries.

For its advisory services, GIZ uses an extensive network that includes associations and chambers of commerce of German and European companies and specialist institutions from Germany and Europe.

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