The Federal Republic of Germany has maintained diplomatic relations with Zambia since the latter gained independence on 24 October 1964.
In 2017, German imports from Zambia were worth a total of 54 million euros, according to figures from Germany Trade and Invest. In the same year, German exports to Zambia totalled approximately 62.1 million euros. German trade delegations regularly visit Zambia. The country is very interested in German products, particularly machinery, vehicles, chemical products, and measurement and control technology, and holds them in high regard.
Zambia is a key partner country of German development cooperation. Funding of 62.98 million euros is being provided for the 2019-2020 period. The main aims of German-Zambian cooperation are to reduce poverty, promote good governance, and improve social and political conditions. Human rights protection, gender equality, HIV/AIDS prevention, and environmental and resource protection are cross-cutting sectors in all priority areas of this cooperation.
The German Government also supports the work of several NGOs and private-sector organisations in Zambia. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has an office in Lusaka and conducts socio-political measures in the country.
Germany’s cultural cooperation with Zambia focuses on sport (short-/long-term trainers, donations of equipment and the organisation of youth football tournaments), as well as on information trips and training courses for Zambian politicians, officials, cultural workers and journalists to or in Germany.