Last updated in February 2019
Germany and Fiji established diplomatic relations on 1 August 1973. The German Ambassador in Wellington, New Zealand, is also accredited to Fiji. Fiji’s overseas mission in Brussels is responsible for Germany.
Bilateral economic relations are modest. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany imported goods worth 1.8 million USD from Fiji in 2017, while Fiji imported goods worth 8.6 million USD from Germany.
Fiji serves as a base for German development cooperation activities in the region. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has a large regional office in Suva which is conducting major regional projects that also benefit Fiji. These include a large-scale regional project focused on climate change adaptation, regional projects aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the oceans and coastal zones, and a project to improve forest conservation. The Pacific Community (SPC) maintains a large regional office in Fiji and is partnering with GIZ on projects. Moreover, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat is based in Fiji. The University of the South Pacific (USP) also has a large campus in Fiji.
Germany also supports Fiji’s development through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF). In the past, it has implemented microprojects in the island nation’s infrastructure, school, vocational training and health care sectors. These projects were organised by the German Embassy in Wellington.
In 2017 the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) took place in Bonn under the Presidency of Fiji, with Germany serving as the technical host. This was the first time that a small island nation had chaired the Conference.
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