Germany recognised the Cook Islands as a self‑governing state in March 2001. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 11 September 2001. The German ambassador in Wellington, New Zealand, is also accredited to the Cook Islands. In the country itself, the Federal Republic of Germany is represented by an honorary consul (based in Avarua).
Technical cooperation micro projects are being conducted in the Cook Islands in the education and vocational training sector.
The Cook Islands are involved in various regional projects, including Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR), which will be jointly implemented in a number of Pacific states by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) until 2020.
Bilateral trade with the Cook Islands is fairly insignificant and no statistics are kept.
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