Relations between Mauritius and Germany are friendly, and cooperation in international bodies is based on trust. The German ambassador in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is also accredited to Mauritius.
Tourism is the most important aspect of bilateral economic relations. The air transport agreement with Mauritius was renegotiated in January 2016 in response to the growing tourism demand. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of German tourists. Following a significant drop in numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, some 100,000 German tourists travelled to Mauritius in 2022. German businesses are active in Mauritius in a number of fields, including renewable energy. Purchases of real estate in Mauritius by German nationals are on the rise.
The European Union (EU) also plays a major role as regards business, trade and development. The EU is Mauritius’s most important trading partner, being the main source of 49% of all Foreign Direct Investment and the largest donor of development assistance.
Interest in the German language is growing. German is currently taught at a tourism college and at four grammar schools in Mauritius, but it is not yet an integral part of school curricula. A private language school also provides German tuition up to the level of B1. The Educational Exchange Service and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promote academic exchange by funding scholarships. Germany has a particularly positive image in Mauritius. German technology, engineering and all kinds of products, especially mid-range and top-range cars, are held in high regard. The media reports on major events in Germany, including sports.
Development cooperation has been terminated due to Mauritius’s advanced state of development. However, the German Government still provides support through funding programmes in the context of the International Climate Initiative and the European Union.