Last updated in September 2013

Political relations

The Federal Republic of Germany has maintained friendly relations with Zambia since the latter gained independence on 24 October 1964. Zambia is one of the partner countries of German development cooperation.

There are regular visits to Zambia by German business delegations, the most recent ones being in April and May 2013.

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel visited Zambia in May 2013. The visit focused on Germany’s commitment to promoting biodiversity and the creation of a cross-border national park in southern Africa (KAZA project). Minister Niebel was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation and met with a number of Zambian officials, including Tourism Minister Masebo and Finance Minister Chikwanda. Niebel’s programme also included an exchange of views with the leaders of Zambia’s opposition parties.

Economic relations

In 2012, German imports from Zambia were worth a total of EUR 32.8 million. In the same year, German exports to Zambia totalled approximately EUR 90.4 million. Zambia has a keen interest in and a high regard for German products, particularly motor vehicles, mechanical engineering and chemical products. The following bilateral economic agreements are in place:

  • Agreement of 10 December 1966 on the promotion and mutual protection of investments
  • Double taxation agreement of 30 May 1975
  • Air transport agreement of 22 October 1996

Development cooperation

Zambia is a partner country of German development cooperation. The principal objectives of German-Zambian cooperation are reducing poverty, developing good governance and improving overall social and political conditions. As part of bilateral development cooperation, in late November 2011 Germany pledged EUR 74 million in new funding for Financial and Technical Cooperation projects for the period 2011-2013. A further commitment of EUR 8 million was made from the Energy and Climate Fund for climate-related measures in the water sector. Development cooperation focuses on two areas:

  • water and sanitation
  • good governance including the components: a) decentralization and local governance, b) citizen participation in reform processes and poverty reduction, c) good financial governance

Additional funding is provided for the cross-cutting sectors gender equality, environmental and resource protection and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Since 2007, Zambia also receives general budget support, which Germany provides together with other donors to help implement Zambia’s national development strategy.

In addition, the Federal Government supports the work of several non-governmental organisations in Zambia as well as that of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which has its own office in Lusaka and is conducting a number of socio-political measures in Zambia.

Cultural relations

Germany’s cultural cooperation with Zambia focuses on the following areas:

  • expanding German instruction
  • sport (short- and long-term coaches, donations of equipment and the organization of youth football tournaments); a long-term coach for track and field athletics has been seconded to Zambia since July 2012 
  • information trips to and further-training measures in Germany for representatives of Zambia’s political, cultural and media sectors.

Development cooperation

Zambia is a partner country of German development cooperation. For more information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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