Germany and the Republic of Congo: Bilateral relations

11.11.2022 - Article

Relations between the Republic of the Congo and Germany are good, but not intensive. The German Embassy was closed in 1997 as a result of the civil war, and reopened in 2013. The country’s per capita income is high for the region, which is one of the reasons why the Republic of the Congo is not a partner of German bilateral development cooperation.

Economic relations between Germany and the Republic of the Congo are not intensive. Only a few German companies are active in the country. 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 between Germany and the Republic of the Congo are not very extensive. German is an optional subject at several grammar schools in Brazzaville. At the university, Germany is taught as a subsidiary subject.

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, receives financial support from KfW as part of the Sangha Trinational conservation project.

The Congo Basin has the second largest expanse of forest in the world. Germany is working through organisations such as CAFI (Central African Forest Initiative), COMIFAC (Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership to protect the tropical rainforests in the region. Within this context, plans are in place for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement projects in the Republic of the Congo.

A lively town-twinning project is in place between Dresden and Brazzaville. In September 2022, the two cities co‑hosted the 5th partnership conference between German and African municipalities in Dresden.


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