all projects

Evaluation of the
federal grants to GTAI

Client

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection

Year

2022


GTAI (Germany Trade and Invest) supports German foreign trade with numerous measures – providing neutral industry and country information, and specific information events that have proven effective and economical.

GTAI – a pillar of German foreign trade

Prognos evaluated the work of Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection for the periods of 2017 to 2020. The conclusion – the GTAI serves as an important lever for the ongoing promotion and further development of German foreign trade. It uses its funds in a goaloriented, effective, and meaningful manner.

The GTAI provides reliable, neutral information about target countries to businesses that want to export or expand abroad. Equally, it promotes Germany as a business location abroad and supports foreign companies in establishing themselves here. It thus improves the overall reputation of Germany as a business location. Both German and foreign companies take advantage of the services offered by GTAI and place their trust in the information they provide. Their commitment primarily improves the skills and know-how required for foreign engagement and thus also secures and creates jobs.

The evaluation revealed development opportunities for the GTAI in the following fields:

  • Sharper profile, especially in relation to the target group
  • Optimisation of monitoring
  • Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Showing customer value more clearly
  • Increased digital information processing, use of big data
  • Awareness of their role as a think tank and strategic authority
  • More specific objectives

Our mission

The GTAI does not act alone in promoting German foreign trade, but operates in an environment of numerous players, such as trade associations, chambers, guilds, federal ministries, and state governments. Moreover, the results of their actions depend heavily on global economic developments. This makes the work of the GTAI complex and not always easy to measure clearly. On the other hand, the GTAI is 100 percent government owned, so it is financed with taxpayers' money. Prognos therefore had the task of examining the efficiency and effectiveness of the GTAI measures in relation to their four core tasks:

  • Export promotion
  • Investor recruitment
  • Location marketing
  • Promotion of the new federal states

Our approach

We conducted an expost evaluation with quantitative and qualitative analysis steps. These included:

  • Desk research
  • An online survey
  • A short survey of the numerous foreign missions of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Guided interviews with key stakeholders
  • Context analysis of foreign agencies

Links and downloads

To the final report in German (BMWK)

Project team: Dr Thomas Stehnken, Fabian Malik, Thomas Danneil, Jan Reichert, Victor Wichmann 

Last update: 22.05.2023

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Dr Thomas Stehnken

Senior Project Manager

View profile

Fabian Malik

Senior Project Manager

View profile

Mehr Studien & Projekte zu diesem Thema

More studies & projects on this topic

Innovation Index Germany 2023

2024
| Project

Once again, Prognos has compiled the Innovation Index Germany on behalf of the Vodafone Insti-tute for Society and Communications. The index quantifies the impact the expansion of Germa-ny’s digital infrastructure has had on its innovation strength.

Regional purchasing power of pensions

2023
| Project

Where in Germany is retirement particularly cheap and where has it become more expensive than average? Prognos examined this for the German Insurance Industry Association.

Indicators of equal living conditions

ongoing
| Project

The establishment of equal living conditions in Germany is one of the goals being prioritised by the Federal Government. But how can the equivalence of living conditions be measured? Prognos develops a set of indicators.

Value added of German pharmaceutical exports

2023
| Project

Compared to other export sectors, German pharmaceutical exports show above-average levels of innovation and value-added intensity. However, the industry is falling behind in the global re-search competition. This is shown by a new study commissioned by Roche.

Climate path implementation in Baden-Württemberg

2024
| Project

In Baden-Württemberg, emissions are to be reduced by a further 23% by 2030. As part of a mul-ti-stage concept, Prognos examines the challenges and opportunities for action in the transfor-mation context.

Official start: Ten regions receive technical assistance from the EU

2023
| Project update

Within the Harnessing Talent Platform, the European Commission has selected ten regions to receive technical assistance for securing skilled workers.

New procurement markets for the Bavarian economy

2023
| Project

New procurement markets can help increase the resilience and efficiency of the German and Bavarian supply chains. The study quantifies the current procurement markets and those still yet to be further exploited.

The economic and social situation of the creative professions

ongoing
| Project

In a comprehensive study, Prognos analyses the social and economic situation of freelance and hybrid working creatives. The results will serve as a basis for targeted improvements.

Supply chains: no climate neutrality without raw materials

2023
| Project

Crises continue to put global trade routes at risk. This study by Prognos and partners indicates the measures necessary to secure strategically important supply chains.

The future of the automotive industry in Saarland

ongoing
| Project

The automotive industry continues to undergo fundamental change worldwide. How does this transformation affect the Saarland economy?

About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

Learn more