Last updated in October 2014
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good but there is room for improvement.
The first official visit to Germany by Martelly is scheduled for late October 2014. It will be the first-ever visit to Germany by a Haitian president.
The two countries work together closely 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.
Several German non-governmental organisations are active in Haiti.
Every year, the German Embassy conducts numerous microprojects in development cooperation.
Bilateral trade with Germany
In 2013, Haiti’s trade with Germany (imports and exports) was worth approximately EUR 24 million, putting the country in 171st 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.