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Last updated in March 2017

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Since Jamaica gained independence in 1962, relations between Germany and Jamaica have been friendly and untroubled. Jamaica sees Germany as an important international partner and as one of the most influential member states of the European Union. 

Bilateral development cooperation (worth a total of approximately 255 million euros) was terminated in 2003, Jamaica having become a middle-income country in terms of per-capita earnings. However, Jamaica remains a partner of Germany’s regional development cooperation. Jamaica’s largest international donor is the EU, whose budget is financed by the member states. With a share of around 20 percent, Germany is the biggest contributor. 


Economy

In 2016, German imports from Jamaica, primarily metals and beverages, were worth 1.02 billion euros ( 2015: 54.584 million euros) and German exports to Jamaica, first and foremost machinery, motor vehicles and parts, amounted to 52.18 million euros (2015: 53.225 million euros) (both figures from the Federal Statistical Office). While trade was relatively balanced in 2015, Jamaica’s exports to Germany far exceeded what they imported from the country in 2016.

In 2016, some 21,000 German tourists visited Jamaica (figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board) meaning Germany remains in fourth place among the countries of origin (United States 1.4 million, Canada 372,000, UK 106,470).

German direct investment in Jamaica is negligible, however there is indirect German participation in hotel projects involving substantial investments. 

The German-Jamaican investment promotion and protection agreement entered into force on 29 May 1996. 


Culture and education

With financial support from the Federal Foreign Office, the Jamaican-German Society, which was founded in 1966, offers German language courses leading to a diploma recognised by the Goethe‑Institut. It also provides support to the German Embassy in organising cultural events. 

Jamaican undergraduate and postgraduate students study at German universities on German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarships. There is keen interest in cooperation with German universities and universities of applied sciences.

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