The Federal Republic of Germany and Fiji have maintained diplomatic relations since 1 August 1973. Germany does not have an embassy in the country itself but is represented by the German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.
Bilateral economic relations are limited. Imports to Germany were worth 16.875 million euro in 2020, while German exports totalled 8.599 million euro (source: DESTATIS).
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH maintains a regional office in the capital Suva and coordinates Germany’s development cooperation with the region from there, such as a regional programme on adaptation to climate change and regional projects promoting the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity. The office is currently running with a reduced staff due to COVID-19.
Moreover, Germany supports the development of the Pacific island nation through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF), from 2021 the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). It also implements microprojects in the spheres of infrastructure, education and vocational training, as well as healthcare, the advancement of women and combating domestic violence.
In 2017, the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 took place in Bonn under the Presidency of Fiji. The close and productive cooperation between our countries helped to ensure that the conference was a success. Fiji is a member of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security in the United Nations.