Last updated in February 2016
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good and have recently gained in intensity.
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. The country advocates reform of the UN Security Council.
German exports to Haiti were worth approximately 19.2 million, putting it in 171st place among Germany’s trading partners. German imports from Haiti were worth approximately EUR 2.6 million, putting the country in 168th place. Germany’s principal imports from Haiti are essential and vegetable oils and citrus fruits. Its main exports to Haiti are machinery, paper goods and printed matter and foodstuffs
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.
Culture and education
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.