Germany is South America's biggest trading partner in Europe. Their diplomatic relations date back to the mid 19th century and since then Germany has been a major contributor in the development of the continent. From scientific to cultural and educational collaborations, these countries have strong partnerships which continue to flourish.

Since the end of the Second World War Germany has worked hard developing its industries and although the current financial crisis had a major impact on the prevalent economies, Germany remains a trading giant.

"It is long overdue
that globalisation
really comes to signify
the equal exchange
of goods and services
and not yet another,
fancier word
for colonization
and exploitation."

 

(Carmen, Popescu, Architecture & Identity)

 

SOME

STATISTICS

The following is a series of diagrams designed to give a quick glimpse into the statistics behind the relationship of Germany and the nations of the Tropical Andes. The UK and USA have been added as they are also major players in the global trade market. All information comes from the latest United Nations profiles for each country

In the trading of goods, Germany supplies South America with technology such as; cars, planes and mechanical ware as well as pharmaceuticals and machinery. In return these countries supply Germany with raw materials such as fruits & vegetables, flowers, coffee, chocolate, minerals and metals.

EXISTING

ALLIANCES

The nations of the Tropical Andes have a long standing trading alliance called the Andean Pact, used to facilitate trade as well as tourism, visitors to any of the countries simply require one visa to travel within the Andean Community.

Currently the biggest alliance is that of the Union of South American Nations whose headquarters will be based in the city of Quito (Ecuador) and their common bank in the city of La Paz (Bolivia), with further talks of a common currency similar to that of the European model.

BRIDGING

THE GAP

 

Trade is what drives economies, and as beacons of trade, embassies play a crucial role by serving not only their diplomatic purpose but also by encouraging and assisting in trade, strengthening connections and bridging gaps between nations.

An "Embassy for the Nations of the Tropical Andes" is a proposal to house diplomatic missions for the 4 countries that make up this region (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia), consequently serving as a platform for more engaging exchange and cooperation with Germany as well as with the wider European and International community.

"The new type of global city
takes on a strategic role
in the globalized economy:
the control, integration
and management functions
of global value chains
are concentrated
in global cities"

 

(Dieter Lapple., The Endless City)

"Although a quarter of its habitat still remains, the region is facing a variety of threats including mining, timber extraction, oil exploration and narcotics plantations, which are all expanding due to the continual growth of many large cities in the region"
(Conservation International, Biodiversity Hotspots)