Last updated in March 2018
Bilateral relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good.
The two countries work together closely within the United Nations and other international bodies. Germany and Haiti both advocate reform of the UN Security Council.
In 2016, German exports to Haiti were worth approximately 18 million euros and its imports from Haiti totalled 2.5 million euros, putting the country in 163rd place among Germany’s trading partners. Germany’s main imports from Haiti are essential oils, vegetable oils and citrus fruits, while its main exports to Haiti are machinery, paper goods and printed matter as well as foodstuffs.
Germany provided direct humanitarian assistance to help the people of Haiti affected by the natural disasters of recent years, such as the massive earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development made available additional funding to support transitional development assistance measures over several years.
Germany has been supporting the democratisation process in Haiti for many years and is contributing to the country’s stabilisation and development – both directly through its bilateral development cooperation assistance, and in cooperation with numerous German non-governmental organisations active in the country. In addition, Germany finances projects in Haiti via the European Development Fund and the United Nations budget.
Priority areas of bilateral development cooperation with Haiti are strengthening the resilience of food-insecure communities (through agricultural and resource conservation measures), bolstering disaster risk management and improving energy access.
In addition, the German Embassy in Port-au-Prince provides nearly 150,000 to 200,000 euros every year to support microprojects (school initiatives, latrine construction, installation of renewable energy sources, etc.).
Culture and education
As part of bilateral cultural relations, the Federal Foreign Office supports the German-Haitian Cultural Society, which offers German language courses with the assistance of the Goethe-Institut. The German Embassy also organises and sponsors cultural events, for example the annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is working with the Centre Pétion-Bolivar to implement civic education measures.
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