Last updated in December 2017
Relations are amicable and continue to evolve. The German Ambassador in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is also accredited to Mauritius. Besides its Embassy, Mauritius has four Honorary Consuls in Germany (in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich). There is trustful cooperation and regular mutual support between Germany and Mauritius in international bodies, especially when it comes to voting for candidates.
There is room for improvement in trade relations between Germany and Mauritius. In 2016, Germany exported goods worth 122.50 million euros to Mauritius, compared with 88.35 million euros in 2015. During the same period, Germany imported goods worth 62.94 million euros from Mauritius, compared with 47.96 million euros in 2015. Germany’s main imports from Mauritius are food products, animal feeds and textiles. Germany’s main exports to Mauritius are motor vehicles and vehicle parts, machinery, data processing equipment and chemical products. In 2016, Mauritius ranked 116th among suppliers of German imports and 121st among recipients of German exports.
The air transport agreement with Mauritius was renegotiated in January 2016. The number of German tourists visiting the country has increased sharply since then, and it is expected to exceed 100,000 in 2016, compared with approximately 75,000 in 2015. An investment promotion agreement has been in force since 1973. The revised version of the 1981 double taxation agreement was signed in October 2011 and entered into force on 1 January 2013.
Development cooperation has been largely terminated owing to the country’s high level of development. The Educational Exchange Service (PAD) awards a limited number of scholarships. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) also terminated its country-specific project for Mauritius in 2011 but continues to maintain contacts with the country’s Government, social democratic parties, trade unions, civil society and administration. In addition, the FES office in Madagascar is supporting visits to Mauritius by delegations of its Malagasy partners and is helping global trade union federations like IndustriALL and Public Services International to organise seminars in Mauritius.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) plans to undertake a limited expansion of its activities in the country, for example by promoting higher education cooperation. There has been an upward trend in the number of DAAD funding recipients, from 14 in 2014 to 18 in 2015 (five of them Mauritians and 13 Germans). There are a total of 6000 Mauritians studying abroad, with Germany ranking 13th as a study destination after countries such as the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Mauritians can also apply to the DAAD for admission to English-language development-related Master’s programmes.
Cultural cooperation focuses on the awarding of scholarships. Interest in the German language is growing, not least due to German business engagement, especially in the areas of direct investment and tourism. German instruction is currently offered at a tourism school and four grammar schools in Mauritius but it is not yet an integral part of the curricula.
Germany enjoys a very positive image in Mauritius, with all kinds of German products (especially mid- and top-range cars) being held in high regard. The country’s media report on major events in Germany, including sports.
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