Last updated in October 2013
Political relations are amicable and untroubled. Cooperation is mainly in the form of development cooperation and cultural projects and within the United Nations.
Bilateral economic relations between St. Lucia and Germany are modest. The volume of imports and exports in both directions is small. However, not inconsiderable revenue from Germany is generated by tourists.
A bilateral investment protection and promotion agreement has been in place since 1987. Other cooperation and trade agreements exist only within the framework of the arrangements between the European Union and the so-called ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) states, and between the EU and CARIFORUM (CARICOM member states plus the Dominican Republic). The people of St. Lucia, and indeed throughout the region, are keenly following the development of trade relations with the EU in the light of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that was signed in October 2008.
In terms of development cooperation, St. Lucia has indirect ties to the Federal Republic of Germany through agreements between Germany and the Caribbean Community CARICOM, with cooperation focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, sustainable economic development, the promotion of renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. In 2011, the German Federal Government also provided funding under its International Climate Initiative to support an event designed to increase public awareness of climate change issues in St. Lucia. In addition, Germany provides assistance through so-called microprojects in the region. Following the serious damage caused in St. Lucia by Hurricane Tomas in October 2010, Germany helped secure the water supply to a particularly hard-hit region of the country as part of emergency humanitarian relief.