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Germany and Angola: Bilateral relations

01.10.2023 - Article

Relations between Germany and Angola are good. Germany agreed a comprehensive partnership with Angola in July 2011. The Bilateral Commission that was subsequently established with the participation of various ministries last convened in January 2020. The main pillars of cooperation are the economic relations in the areas of infrastructure and energy as well as the relations in the fields of culture and science.

In 2010, a Delegate Office of German Industry and Commerce was opened in Luanda. Germany commenced a dialogue on hydrogen with Angola in 2021, and opened the German-Angolan hydrogen diplomacy office H2-Diplo in 2022.

The bilateral volume of trade increased to 391 million euro up to 2012, but then fell significantly and totalled 122 million euro in 2020. In 2021, however, it rose again to 146 million euro.

Since 2012, Angola has no longer been a partner country for German development cooperation. In a regional context, Angola continues to profit from development cooperation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), focusing on cross-border water management and protection and use of national resources, as well as from financial cooperation projects. At the SADC Summit in Luanda on 17 August 2023, Angola took over the chair of the organisation.

More than 2000 Angolan citizens studied or received technical training in the GDR. This group of people – which includes several current and former ministers – continues to have an affinity with Germany and the German language. A large number of Angolans have returned to their country with an excellent knowledge of German and with dual citizenship. A German-Angolan cultural agreement has been in force since August 2012 and forms the legal basis for the Goethe-Institut in Angola, which opened in 2009.

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