Last updated in October 2017
Political relations are good and bilateral cooperation is harmonious and friendly.
Germany strongly supported the country’s democratisation process by seconding a constitutional expert and providing technical assistance for elections at the beginning of the 1990s, the only Western country to do so. German interests in Seychelles are taken care of by an honorary consul in Victoria, which mainly looks after German tourists.
In 2008 Seychelles was in the grip of a serious economic crisis and has since implemented a successful reform programme with the help of the IMF. The country continues to make progress towards economic consolidation and implementing its domestic political and economic reform agenda. The IMF and the World Bank give the country good marks for its efforts but regularly point to the susceptibility of the country’s economy to external shocks (e.g. the euro crisis).
German tourists as well as business companies active in the field of renewable energy form the backbone of direct economic exchange between Germany and Seychelles. Accounting for some 30 per cent of gross domestic product, tourism remains the principal economic sector and creates the most jobs, along with the fishing industry. 233,000 tourists visited Seychelles in 2014, setting a new record. Some 33,000 Germans visited the country in 2014, making them the largest group of foreign visitors and – along with French, Italian and Russian tourists – one of the country’s principal sources of foreign currency.
Seychelles is successfully promoting the use of renewable energy: since 2013, the country’s first environmentally friendly electricity has been produced by wind turbines. There are already some successful solar energy projects being conducted by German companies as part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s Renewable Energies Export Initiative.
In 2013, bilateral trade was worth EUR 18.8 million. Germany exported to Seychelles goods worth EUR 16.7 million, mainly machinery, electrical and optical goods. German imports from Seychelles, mainly fish and fish products, amounted to EUR 2.1 million.
On account of the country’s relatively high per capita income compared with sub-Saharan Africa (over USD 13,990 in 2014), Seychelles is not a partner country of German development cooperation. It does, however, have cooperation agreements with the IMF and the World Bank as well as the EU and the African Development Bank.
At Seychelles Polytechnic, there are some 30 students learning German as a foreign language. Students at the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre have also enrolled in German courses. Every year in April, the Carnaval International de Victoria, featuring processions and ship parades, is held in the country’s capital. The event attracts numerous tourists and media representatives, among them a number from Germany. A delegation from Düsseldorf has also been among the participants in recent years.