Last updated in June 2018

Political relations

The German Embassy in the Republic of the Congo was closed in 1997 as a result of the civil war and reopened in 2013 with one seconded member of staff.

There is a town twinning arrangement between the country’s capital, Brazzaville, and Dresden.

Due to its comparatively high per capita income, the Republic of the Congo is not a partner country of German bilateral development cooperation.

Economic relations

Economic relations between Germany and the Republic of the Congo are not very intensive. There are only a few German investors active in the country. Among the German businesses operating there is the insurance group Allianz, as well as companies active in the infrastructure and timber sectors and the consulting industry. A German-African Business Association delegation last visited the country in September 2014. Individual Members of the German Bundestag have visited the Republic of the Congo in November 2015, February 2016 and November 2017.

Germany imports crude oil and timber from the Republic of the Congo and exports machinery, motor vehicles, iron goods, household goods and chemical products to the country.

Cultural relations

There is potential for improvement in cultural cooperation between Germany and the Republic of the Congo. The DAAD Information Centre in Yaoundé, Cameroon provides follow-up support for former scholarship holders from the Congo and advises Congolese students who want to study in Germany. German is an optional subject at four grammar schools in Brazzaville, but no German degree programme is provided at university level.

The only UNESCO natural World Heritage site in the Republic of the Congo, the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the far north of the country, is receiving financial support from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) as part of the Sangha Trinational conservation project.

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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