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Congo Congo

01.07.2019 - Article

Political relations

Relations between the Republic of the Congo and Germany are good, but not intensive. The German Embassy was closed in 1997 as a result of the civil war; it reopened in 2013. The country’s per capita income is high for the region, which is one of the reasons why the Republic of the Congo is not a partner of German bilateral development cooperation.

Economic relations

Economic relations between Germany and the Republic of the Congo are not intensive. Only a few German companies are active in the Republic of the Congo. Among the German businesses operating in the country are the German insurance group Allianz, as well as companies doing business in the infrastructure sector, the timber industry and the consultancy sector. A German-African Business Association delegation most recently visited the country in September 2014.

Germany imports crude oil and timber from the Republic of the Congo and exports machinery, motor vehicles, iron goods, household goods and chemical products to the country.

Cultural relations

Cultural relations between Germany and the Republic of the Congo are not very extensive. German is an optional subject at two grammar schools in Brazzaville, but Congolese universities do not offer courses that lead to a degree in German.

The only UNESCO natural World Heritage site in the Republic of the Congo, the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the far north of the country, receives financial support from KfW as part of the Sangha Trinational conservation project.

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