Last updated in April 2018

Political relations

Germany established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 30 June 1960, immediately after the country gained independence. Since the end of the Congo wars in 2002 and the beginning of the transition phase (2002-2006), Germany has, together with its European partners and the international community, been making an important contribution to the country’s political and economic reconstruction process. In the current political crisis, the German Government is promoting an inclusive implementation of the political transition agreement of 31 December 2016 and a peaceful political transition in the interests of preventing renewed destabilisation in the country and the region.

President Joseph Kabila visited Germany twice, in 2002 and 2004. High-level German visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent years include then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Kinshasa and Goma in February 2015 and Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller’s visit to Kinshasa in March 2015. The then Congolese Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda paid a visit to Berlin in January 2016.

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Germany is an important development partner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the intergovernmental negotiations held in Berlin in 2015, the German Government pledged the DR Congo Government 153.4 million euros for bilateral development cooperation in 2016-17. The next round of negotiations on development cooperation was planned for 2017, but has been postponed indefinitely because of the delaying of elections and human rights violations committed during the political crisis.

Germany’s development cooperation portfolio focuses on improving the living conditions of the DR Congo’s population and protecting global public goods (particularly peace, biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation).

Germany provides substantial humanitarian and development-oriented structural and transitional assistance, as well as support for conflict management, crisis prevention and peacekeeping.

Economic relations

Economic relations between Germany and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are modest.

The volume of bilateral trade in goods between the two countries again declined markedly in 2016. In the period from January to November 2016, Germany exported goods worth only 83.9 million euros to the DR Congo (mainly motor vehicles, machinery and electronic goods). German imports from the DR Congo totalled 106.4 million euros during the same period. There are only a handful of German companies active in the country. A bilateral investment protection and promotion agreement has been in force since 1969.

Cultural relations

The Goethe-Institut has maintained a liaison office in Kinshasa since 2015. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Hanns Seidel Foundation have offices in Kinshasa.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a partner country of German development cooperation. For more information please visit the website of theFederal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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