Last updated in February 2017
Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federated States of Micronesia have traditionally been good and friendly. Diplomatic relations were established on 21 April 1992. The German Ambassador to the Philippines in Manila is also accredited to Micronesia.
The volume of trade between the two countries is small. In 2014, German imports from Micronesia stood at EUR 20,000, putting the country in 477th place among Germany’s trading partners. German exports to Micronesia were worth EUR 169,000, the country thus ranking 217th among buyers of German goods.
Through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany supports a Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) project to promote sustainable forest management in the Pacific island states, including Micronesia. In addition, Germany makes a substantial contribution to the country’s development through the European Union, besides its engagement there in the form of Technical Cooperation microprojects.
With around 20,000 to 30,000 tourists currently visiting the country each year, Micronesia will in future be focusing on ecotourism, which the Asian Development Bank (ADB) also considers a sector with high growth potential.
German missionaries (Liebenzell Mission) are active in Chuuk. Federal Government funding has been provided for preservation work on the tower of the former German church in Pohnpei and for the upkeep of the small German cemetery.