Last updated in April 2015
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good and have recently gained in intensity.
Haitian President Martelly paid an official visit to Germany in late October 2014, meeting with Federal President Gauck and Federal Chancellor Merkel, among others. It was the first-ever official visit to Germany by a Haitian president. The talks centred on the current political situation in Haiti and efforts to expand economic relations between the two countries.
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 and also advocates reform of the UN Security Council.
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.
Numerous German non-governmental organisations are active in Haiti.
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 also organises and participates in cultural events, e.g. the annual International Jazz Festival in Port-au-Prince.