The Embassy of Paraguay in Berlin
Address: Hardenberggstrasse 12, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 30 319 98 60
Fax: (+49) 30 319 986 17
Amb. Patricia Frutos Riuz
Amb. Patricia Frutos Riuz was born in 1966 in Asunción, Paraguay. She has a Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Asunción, and holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Laws from the American University of Washington D.C. She has also obtained a Diploma in Intellectual Property from the Austral University of Argentina.
Patricia Frutos Ruiz entered the diplomatic service in 1997 and since then she has served in both local and foreign service. In the foreign service she has served in the Embassy to Belgium and Permanent Mission to the European Union (1998-2001); in the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) (2001-2004); in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and Specialized Agencies in Geneva (2006-2011) and was Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Paraguay to the United States of America (2014-2018).
In the local service, she has served as Director of Multilateral Economic Organizations (2004-2006 and 2011-2012), General Secretary (2018-2019) and Chief of Staff (2012-2014 and 2019-2020). She recently served as Chief of Staff and Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was previously Deputy Head of Mission in Washington D.C. and served in the Paraguayan Permanent Missions and Embassies in Geneva, Washington D.C. and Brussels. In 2020 she was appointed as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Paraguay to the Federal Republic of Germany.
She speaks Spanish, English and French.
Relations between Germany and Paraguay are amicable and untroubled. Germany enjoys a positive image in Paraguay. Many German immigrants helped and continue to help develop the country. The Federal Government’s engagement there in terms of development cooperation and cultural policy is appreciated. Germany’s role within the European Union, especially during the current refugee crisis, is being watched closely and elicits a great deal of respect.
Paraguay was and still is a destination for German emigrants. In the first half of the last century, these were mainly ethnic German Mennonites fleeing Stalinism in the former Soviet Union or Germans seeking to escape the economic misery caused by the First and Second World Wars. Today, most of them are retired people settling in Paraguay on account of the favourable living conditions and climate.
At the intergovernmental talks held in October 2015, the Federal Government pledged to continue to increase cooperation in the coming years. Rural development remains the focus, with new projects by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). These are complemented by individual strategic measures in the area of natural resource management and vocational training. Experts from the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation support Paraguayan associations of co-operatives by advising and training staff. Paraguay is, after Germany, the country with the closest-knit network of co-operatives worldwide. As part of Financial Cooperation, the KfW Development Bank is conducting a number of programmes to support small farmers and small and medium-sized companies. New projects to protect the environment are in preparation. Paraguay also participates in several regional programmes being conducted by German development cooperation.