Last updated in October 2016
The Federal Republic of Germany recognised Guinea-Bissau as a sovereign state on 12 August 1974. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1975. Before the East-West conflict ended, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in particular was strongly engaged in socialist Guinea-Bissau. Many of the country’s citizens studied in the former GDR, including President Malam Bacai Sanhá, who died in 2012, and some members of the government that is currently in power.
Normal political relations were resumed in July 2014. Following the April 2012 coup, Germany had limited cooperation with the transitional government to technically necessary contacts. Following the dismissal of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira in August 2015, the country has again been suffering the effects of numerous changes of government, political conflicts between the country’s constitutional organs and obstruction of the parliament’s work. Together with the European Union institutions, international organisations and bilateral partners, Germany supports the current government’s efforts to stabilise the country and implement economic reforms.
There has been no bilateral development cooperation since 1998, but Germany supports projects by civil society organisations like the Weltfriedensdienst (World Peace Service) as well as basic-needs-oriented microprojects being conducted by local organisations.