Germany and Nepal have maintained diplomatic relations since 1958. Germany is involved in public and private development policy cooperation. Its support focuses primarily on improving the healthcare system, promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable economic development. Support for the development of Nepal’s new federal structures is an overarching theme.
Germany has supported Nepal’s efforts to build democratic structures since the start of the peace and democratisation process in 2016. Another important element of Germany’s engagement in Nepal is its support for the peace process (the impact of the civil war from 1996 to 2006 can still be felt today).
Bilateral foreign policy consultations were held between Germany and Nepal for the first time in 2019.
The effects of the severe earthquakes in April and May 2015 can be seen even today. The earthquakes were a setback also for Nepal’s economic development. The German Government has provided 35 million euro for reconstruction and humanitarian assistance. Private donors in Germany raised some 113 million euro.
Numerous German non-governmental organisations are working in and for Nepal, building up a dense network between citizens in the two countries.
Germany is an important market for carpets and textile products from Nepal. Nepal’s main imports from Germany are machinery and industrial products. In 2019, the annual volume of trade was around 50 million euro. An investment agreement has been in place since 1986. The first German-Nepalese Business Forum took place in Kathmandu on 2 October 2019.
The Federal Foreign Office has supported cultural preservation projects (e.g. in Bhaktapur and Patan) for many years, including in cooperation with the Gerda Henkel Foundation since 2016.