Last updated in November 2013
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good, though not very intensive. Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle visited Haiti in July 2011, the first German foreign minister to do so. His visit included meetings with Haitian President Martelly and German aid organisations.
The two countries work together within the United Nations and other international bodies. In the past, Haiti has regularly supported German candidates for posts in international organisations.
Germany supports the democratisation process in Haiti and contributes to the country’s stabilisation and development through bilateral development cooperation funding as well as via the European Development Fund and the UN budget.
Priority areas of bilateral development cooperation with Haiti are agriculture, resource conservation, disaster preparedness, energy supply and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Many German non-governmental organisations are active in Haiti.
The German Embassy conducts numerous microprojects in development cooperation.
Bilateral trade with Germany
In 2012, Haiti’s trade with Germany (imports and exports) was worth approximately EUR 12 million, putting the country in 179th place among Germany’s trading partners. Germany’s main imports from Haiti are essential and vegetable oils and citrus fruits. Germany’s main exports to Haiti are machinery, paper goods and printed matter and foodstuffs.
Though a poor country, Haiti is rich in culture. Haitian naive painting, music, handicrafts and literature are highly regarded beyond the country’s borders. As part of cultural relations, the Federal Foreign Office supports the German-Haitian Cultural Society, which offers German language courses with the assistance of the Goethe Institute. The German Embassy is also organises and participates in cultural events, e.g. the annual International Jazz Festival in Port-au-Prince.