Germany has a long tradition of relations with Samoa. Owing to the colonial legacy, Germany’s presence is, even today, still felt more strongly in Samoa than in almost any other Pacific state. Diplomatic relations were established on 18 May 1972.
Samoa’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, visited Berlin and Potsdam at the invitation of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in the run-up to the Copenhagen Conference in late 2009. In November 2017 Samoa participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn.
On 28 January 2014, the Federal President received the former Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, in Berlin.
Samoan interests in Germany are looked after by the Samoan Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, and German interests in Samoa by the German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.
Samoa used to be a priority country of German development cooperation in the Pacific, with Germany long ranking fourth among the major donor countries, after Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Development cooperation now takes place within the framework of the European Union.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is conducting a variety of projects in the Pacific states that also benefit Samoa. A regional project, entitled “Coping with climate change in the Pacific island region”, aims to strengthen the capacity for adapting to climate change in the region by providing consulting services. A total of 40.465 million euros in funding is being made available for the duration of the project, which runs until the end of 2020. With 2.3 million euros in funding from the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) supported a number of projects from 2009 to 2014, including a mangrove protection scheme in Samoa.
Germany is continuing its bilateral engagement in Samoa, in particular by promoting microprojects that benefit schools and municipalities.
Germany provided humanitarian aid immediately following the devastating tsunami on 29 September 2009, in which a total of 149 people lost their lives. The funds were used for a project to rehabilitate the water supply in villages hit by the tsunami.
Under a trilateral project with Archives New Zealand, Germany helped Samoa’s National Archives and Records Authority (NARA) to build capacities for digitising and conserving historical materials. The necessary equipment was made available to NARA and its staff received training in archival techniques and operation of the equipment. In June 2009, the head of NARA, who also serves as director of the Museum of Samoa, visited the German Federal Archives and various ethnological museums in Germany, and held discussions at the Federal Foreign Office.
In 2012, the Federal Foreign Office funded an exhibition on German-Pacific relations from the colonial era to the present, which was held in Samoa’s capital Apia.
According to Federal Statistical Office figures, in 2016, Samoan exports to Germany were worth 0.4 million euros and Samoan imports from Germany 1.2 million euros.
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