Cooperation between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Federal Republic of Germany dates back to 1992, being mainly focused on water supply and wastewater removal, irrigation, environment protection, promotion of private entrepreneurship, energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy and democratization of civil society.
Financial cooperation, as part of the bilateral development cooperation with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, is managed by the German Development Bank KfW (www.kfw.de) with support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of North Macedonia, while the technical cooperation is mostly managed by the German Association for Technical Cooperation (GIZ) (ww.giz.de).
German Development Bank (KfW) is part of KfW Group (KfW Bankengruppe), in charge of financial cooperation with the developing countries. It provides long-term capital and encourages investments in the field of infrastructure, financial systems and environment protection.
KfW mission in the Republic of North Macedonia is aimed at promoting sustainable development, supporting transitional process and support for the EU accession.
KfW offers support to the following sectors: provision of safe and high-quality utility services, water supply, wastewater and solid waste, nature and environment protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and promotion of job creation through development of the private sector.
Most of the operations of GIZ are upon authorization by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. GIZ also operates on behalf of other German Ministries, and it cooperates with the Governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank.
GIZ sends experts who cooperate, on consulting basis, with the Macedonian government institutions within reform of tax policy, regional and utility economic development or export promotion. Thereby, GIZ cooperates with the Centre for International Migration and Development, through which they also send qualified expert and managing persons in the Republic of North Macedonia, transferring their knowledge and experience in the form of consulting services.