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.
There is a low level of economic relations between Germany and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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, foodstuffs, 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 of Brazzaville, German is taught as a subsidiary subject.
The Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the far north of the country receives financial support from the German Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) as part of the Sangha Trinational conservation project (UNESCO natural World Heritage site). The Odzala National Park receives funding within the context of the Legacy Landscape Fund.
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 and peat bogs in the region.