Last updated in May 2018

Political Relations

Djibouti is a country of regional importance to Germany due to its stability and its strategically important location in the crisis-ridden Horn of Africa. The two countries are committed to constructive cooperation within the United Nations and other international organisations.

Diplomatic relations were established between Germany and Djibouti in 1978 and are friendly. The importance Germany attaches to relations with Djibouti was underlined by the opening of an embassy there in spring 2010. Djibouti opened an embassy in Berlin in autumn 2011.

Germany is supporting the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia and has stationed a German Navy contingent in Djibouti as part the European Union’s counter-piracy mission Operation Atalanta.

Recent high-level visits to Djibouti have included those by Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller in 2016 and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in 2014. Three Members of the German Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development visited the country in autumn 2016.

Development cooperation

German development cooperation with Djibouti is largely conducted through the European Union as well as through international institutions and organisations under the umbrella of the United Nations.

One successful small-scale project being implemented in Djibouti is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and focuses on providing dual vocational training in the renewable energy sector. The project partners are the Saarland Chamber of Crafts and Trades, the Lycée Industriel et Commercial de Djibouti and the Chamber of Commerce of Djibouti.

Djibouti also benefits from the humanitarian assistance that Germany provides through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), which is intended to alleviate the plight of refugees as well as that of the local population.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Djibouti-based regional organisation, receives support from the German Government through the BMZ for its work on improving drought resistance and food security and developing a regional migration policy.

This text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its contents.

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