The Embassy of Chile in Berlin
Tel.: (+49) 30 726 20 35
Fax: (+49) 30 726 20 36 03
Amb. Cecilia Mackenna Echaurren
1968-1974 | Studies of Philosophy at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago
1976-1977 | Studies at the Diplomatic Academy “Andrés Bello” of the Foreign Ministry
1977-1978 | Postgraduate of Political Science at the Universität Heidelberg (Scholar of DAAD)
Spanish, German, English and French
1975 | Foreign Policy Planning Staff at the Foreign Ministry
1979-1983 | Third Secretary at the Embassy in Germany
1984-1986 | Second Secretary in the Foreign Policy Planning Staff
1986-1991 | First Secretary at the Embassy in the UK
1991-1994 | Counsellor, Head of the Department of Environment at the Foreign Ministry
1994-1998 | Envoy to the Mission at the United Nations, New York
1999-2000 | Deputy Director of the General Director's Bureau of the ILO, Geneva
2000-2001 | Director of the Department North and Central America/Caribbean
2001-2003 | Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Foreign Minister
2003-2006 | Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
2006-2008 | Ambassador to the Netherlands
2008-2010 | Ambassador to Ireland
2010 | Director of the Foreign Policy Planning Staff
2010-2014 | Bureau of the General Director of the ILO
2006-2018 | Director of the Study Center for Foreign Policy and International Relations (CEPERI), Santiago
Since Chile’s return to democracy in 1990, bilateral relations have expanded on all fronts. Bilateral political dialogue is close and founded on mutual trust. The good relations between the two countries were highlighted by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Santiago on the 26th and 27th of January 2013, during which both sides agreed, among other things, to step up cooperation on questions relating to commodities. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited Germany on the 27th and 28th of October 2014.
Chile has close and long-standing ties with Germany. The achievements of German immigrants in the south of the country (from 1850 onwards) and the commitment of German scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and experts in all fields have played a key part in the country’s development and are still held in high regard today. German culture and the German language still have a presence in Chile, especially in the south of the country.
Chile is favorably disposed towards German concerns in general. Multilaterally, the two countries have many shared interests, on which there is close coordination between the two governments, for example on global issues such as renewable energy (Chile is a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA), environmental protection, climate change, disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, human rights (both countries are currently members of the UN Human Rights Council) and the reform and strengthening of the United Nations. Chile supports Germany’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Germany and Chile have enjoyed good and intensive economic relations for many years. Germany is Chile’s principal trading partner within the European Union.
Chile is a member of the OECD and is positioning itself as a "donor nation". Chile is supported in these efforts by the German Federal Government. As part of this so-called triangular cooperation, the Chilean partner organisation Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Chile (AGCI) is, with the help of German consultants, now providing third countries from the region with ideas and experience based on its own bilateral technical cooperation. Triangular cooperation is currently under way with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Paraguay.