Since 2002, Brazil and Germany call their relationship a strategic partnership. The bilateral Joint Commission on Economic Co-operation has been meeting regularly for the last 45 years, and in 2016 the two governments established a Mechanism for Consultations on Multilateral Issues, which also meets on an annual basis.
Brazil and Germany have the largest populations and the largest economies in their respective continents, and have a deep commitment to regional integration, as well as to the EU-Mercosur negotiations.
The two countries are also strongly committed to multilateralism and are key players in the most important fora, such as the United Nations and its specialised agencies, the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organisation and the G20.
Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão (FUNAG) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) are among the leading think tanks in their respective countries. In this context, and bearing in mind the importance of the bilateral relationship, as well as the similar roles played by the two countries at the global and regional levels, the two institutions are very glad to host this first joint Conference focused on the global and regional roles of Brazil and Germany.