Political relations are good and bilateral cooperation is harmonious and friendly. Germany considers Seychelles to be an important ally and like-minded partner on issues concerning the climate, security, the environment and human rights. Although Germany is officially represented in Seychelles through the German Embassy in Nairobi (non-residential accreditation), German interests are represented locally by an honorary consul in Victoria, who is mainly called upon to assist German tourists. The many German tourists are one of the country’s principal sources of foreign currency.
Seychelles’ partnership with the European Union is multifaceted, covering fisheries, maritime security, climate change, energy, the environment, infrastructure, capacity building, trade and human rights.
Seychelles is successfully promoting the use of renewable energy and there are already some successful solar energy projects implemented by German companies. Bilateral trade is conducted at a relatively low level. German imports from Seychelles are mainly fish and fish products.
In September 2018, the Rombergpark Botanical Gardens in Dortmund signed an agreement with the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens on the exchange of specialists and on mutual assistance in the fields of horticulture, ecology, education, conservation of diversity and research. In May 2019, Seychelles signed a declaration of intent on cooperation for clean seas with the German Land Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Usedom Project. The German Academic Exchange Service promotes cultural relations. Six measures that involve Seychelles are currently being financed under the Federal Government’s International Climate Initiative, including the joint project on the Blue Economy. Additionally, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is running a project on dialogue and cooperation for social and ecological transformation (2021-2024) in the field of international climate and environmental protection.
Seychelles has a relatively high per capita income, and therefore the country is not a partner of German development cooperation. However, it still benefits from projects funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on managing natural disasters and sustainably implementing the EU economic partnership agreement.