The Dominican Republic and Germany enjoy good bilateral relations, with tourism playing a key role. During the last few years, Germans have usually made up the third largest group of tourists, after Americans and Canadians.
There are some 7000 Germans living in the country, most of whom have settled either on the north coast (in Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Sosúa) or in the capital.
A bilateral friendship, trade and shipping agreement was concluded in 1957. Especially since the start of the country’s economic upswing in the late 1990s, economic relations between the two countries have intensified.
A German company operates the largest solar park in the Caribbean in the north of the Dominican Republic. Germany is one of the Dominican Republic’s most important European markets for organic products (bananas, cocoa and coffee). Germany’s main exports to the Dominican Republic are vehicles and vehicle parts, machinery and chemical products.
There are some 60 German companies operating in the Dominican Republic. The German-Dominican Chamber of Commerce and Industry was set up in 1994.
German development cooperation in the form of regional projects focuses on the sustainable use of natural resources and climate protection. Germany is one of the country’s principal donors alongside Spain, Canada and the United States. In addition, Germany contributes over 20 percent of the development assistance provided by the European Union, which is the Dominican Republic’s largest donor.
Interest in Germany, the German language and Germany’s cultural presence in the Dominican Republic has increased markedly, not least due to the growing number of German tourists visiting the country. Since as early as 1957, the German Embassy has offered language courses, which in recent years have been attended on average by more than 1000 Dominicans annually.
Since 2001, a German-Dominican cultural society (Centro Domínico-Alemán) has been based in the old colonial quarter of Santo Domingo, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.