The Embassy of Chile in Berlin
Tel.: (+49) 30 726 20 35
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Amb. Patricio Pradel Elgueta
Amb. Patricio Pradel Elgueta is currently the ambassador of Chile to Germany.
Amb. Patricio Pradel Elgueta is a Chilean diplomat who studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, and studied Law and Political Science at the National University of Panama.
He had already been stationed in Germany, where he served as First Secretary of the Embassy between 1995 and 2001, in addition to Austria (1985-1987), Switzerland (1988-1993) and Geneva (2002-2003). Other posts also took him to Panama, Cuba and Milan (as General Consul between 2005 and 2007).
Pradel, who is married and has four children, assumed the position of Ambassador of Chile to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. In addition to this, he served as the representative of Chile to the Caribbean Community (Caricom). In 2012 he was appointed as ambassador of Chile in Uruguay. The following year, he was appointed as Permanent Representative of Chile to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) and after serving one and a half years, left that position to assume new roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile. In May 2016 he was appointed ambassador to Germany.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Patricio Pradel was already in charge of the Desktop Spain and Germany of the Europe Direction, Head of United Nations Department and also Deputy Secretary of the Pro-Tempore of UNASUR Presidency.
Until his appointment as Ambassador in Berlin he was Chief of the Cabinet Secretary Edgardo Riveros at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. As Chief of Mission in Germany now he follows Mario Fernandez, who after two years in Berlin was assigned to Rome, as Ambassador to the Holy See.
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.