Germany and Nepal have maintained diplomatic relations since 1958 and marked their 60th anniversary in 2018 with a host of events. For example, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra gave a concert in Kathmandu at the end of 2018.
Nepal is a partner country of German development cooperation. German support focuses on the following areas: improving health care, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and fostering 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).
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 meant a setback for Nepal’s economic development too. The German Government has provided 35 million euros for reconstruction and humanitarian assistance. Private donors in Germany gathered some 113 million euros.
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. The annual volume of trade is still around 50 million euros. An investment agreement has been in place since 1986. The first German-Nepalese Business Forum took place in Kathmandu on 2 October 2019.
For many years, and since 2016 in cooperation with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Federal Foreign Office has funded cultural preservation projects in Nepal (e.g. in Bhaktapur and Patan).