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; it 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 Republic of the Congo. A German-African Business Association delegation most recently visited the country in September 2014.
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 seven grammar schools in Brazzaville. At the university, Germany is only 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 (the 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 town-twinning project is in place between Dresden and Brazzaville. This has gained new momentum as a result of the visit by the mayor of Dresden to Brazzaville in January 2019 and a return visit by his counterpart in September 2019, both accompanied by large delegations.