“Fit for Partnership with Germany”

The Manager Training Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Since 2007 Carl Duisberg Centren, being a leading international human resources developer, has been assigned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the manager training program of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for different countries. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is entrusted to lead the program.

The manager training program is an important tool in the promotion of German foreign trade.

"Fit for Partnership with Germany" is the motto with which executives from Eastern Europe, Asia, North Africa and Latin America are prepared for business relations and economic cooperation with German companies.

The program is designed for foreign experts and executives of small and medium-sized companies of different sectors.

More than 11.000 executives from companies with potential for foreign trade have completed the manager training program. On average a number of 20 participants has contact to 80 mostly medium-sized German companies.


The program consists of practical and interactive trainings on different management methods, intercultural trainings, numerous visits to companies in different sectors and meetings with German companies for future business relations.

The participants can collect first hand practical knowledge, are given insights into the latest technological standards and research results, learn more about new innovations and engineering and production techniques and can get together with potential German business partners.


The program "Fit for Partnership with Germany" has been completed in 18 countries. Through initiating business contacts it aims at strengthening the foreign trade relations between German companies and companies in the participating countries. It wants to promote the knowledge about other business cultures and aims at improving the management know-how of executives from participating countries.

Task for Carl Duisberg Centren

  • execution of manager training programs with a duration of 3 to 4 weeks
  • execution of trainings with a duration of 12 weeks including an arranged internship
  • selection of participants and execution of preparation seminars
  • development and execution of practical trainings on different management methods (presentation techniques, international management, human resource management, supply chain management, financial management, project management, change management, quality management, marketing, corporate social responsibility, initiation of business etc.)
  • execution of intercultural trainings
  • preparation and execution of sectoral company visits in Germany
  • organization of individual business meetings
  • individual coaching and counseling of participants
  • support in preparation of project reports on specialized topics
  • safe knowledge transfer
  • alumni-networking and online-tutoring
  • execution and preparation of follow-up-seminars

Target Countries

Egypt, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Start of Program

2007, ongoing

Success Stories

The successes of the program are impressive. According to the BMWi the volumes of the mutual exchange of goods and services, initiated by the German program, exceed the invested public funds by far.

In addition to the enormous economic benefit for both parties all participants profit significantly from the training. The gained experience, be it personal, professional or intercultural, ensures the new knowledge be put into practice in the home countries and allows for contacts based on partnership as well as economic interests to be maintained. Numerous program participants use the new know-how in their company, launch restructuring measures, diversify their products and services, use their resources better, optimize their procurement or obtain international quality certificates. They furthermore function as stakeholders in transporting the knowledge into other companies.