Partners and participating institutions

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is the government department responsible for foreign trade promotion. Partnering in Business with Germany is an instrument of this foreign trade promotion. Bilateral agreements between BMWK and the relevant ministries in partner countries lay the foundations for Partnering in Business with Germany. The two sides work together to support closer business relations and economic cooperation between the countries involved. There is a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

BMWK has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to act as general manager for Partnering in Business with Germany. GIZ is responsible for devising the programme’s concept, developing the individual instruments and bringing them into line with changing requirements, working in close collaboration with BMWK, the German private sector and the partner institutions. Together with the training centres GIZ selects the participants; it provides backup and acts as a point of contact for successful candidates. GIZ operates in Germany with training centres run by the German private sector.

Training centres

GIZ commissions the training centres AHP International and Carl Duisberg Centren to implement the special initiative at the two pilot locations in Berlin and Düsseldorf. These selected training centres will tailor the curricula specifically to the requirements of the special initiative’s target group and will also carry out the matching between the job shadowing participants and host companies. In doing so, they coordinate closely with GIZ.