Last updated in September 2016
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good.
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.
In 2015, German exports to Haiti were worth approximately 31 million, putting it in 159th place among Germany’s trading partners. German imports from Haiti were worth approximately EUR 2.6 million, putting the country in 167th 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 directly through bilateral development cooperation funding as well as in cooperation with numerous German non-governmental organisations that are active in the country. In addition, Germany finances such measures in Haiti indirectly via the European Development Fund and the United Nations budget.
Priority areas of bilateral development cooperation with Haiti are strengthening the resilience of food-insecure communities (agriculture, resource conservation), disaster risk management and energy supply.
In addition, the German Embassy provides a total of more than EUR 150,000 every year to fund micro-projects (building schools and latrines, installing renewable-energy sources, etc.).
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.
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation cooperates with the Centre Pétion-Bolivar to conduct civic education measures.