Economic Policy and Infrastructure


Access to foreign markets is essential for companies in the automotive industry. Apart from the US market, growth mostly took place in the markets outside the triad countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and other threshold countries with rising levels of motorization.

Foreign trade promotion and development cooperation

The German automotive industry is concentrating its production increasingly on emerging and developing countries such as China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. By creating a common market between the ASEAN members, southeast Asia as well will in future attain greater significance. In addition to these countries, other developing countries will also become more important as a part of the value-added chain and as sales markets. To support market access in these countries, the VDA has been working with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since mid-2013. For decades, BMZ, with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) has had at its disposal a very close network of its own experts in currently 130 countries worldwide. With their detailed local knowledge, these experts stand ready to support the German private sector on the ground and initiate joint projects.

For many years now, German development cooperation has been undertaking projects with the German automotive industry. German manufacturers and suppliers are committed to training and further education projects throughout the world, for standardizing upstream products from developing countries but also for an HIV awareness campaign in southern Africa. In addition to VDA members, the VDA itself collaborates with the GIZ in forums in China and India. On the agenda are topics such as car recycling, electro-mobility, product safety and quality infrastructure. In the process, the VDA uses GIZ’s contacts with political decision- makers in these countries and aims to develop this collaboration in order to support its members’ activities in these markets.

Dr. Martin Koers
Dr. Martin Koers Head of Department Economic and climate protection policy

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