Germany and Seychelles: Bilateral relations
Political relations are good and bilateral cooperation is harmonious and friendly. In the early 1990s, Germany was the only Western country to provide substantial support for the country’s democratisation process; it seconded a constitutional expert and supplied technical assistance for elections. German interests in Seychelles are represented 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 is successfully promoting the use of renewable energy. Wind turbines have produced the country’s first environmentally friendly electricity since 2013, and there are already some successful solar energy projects implemented by German companies. Bilateral trade is conducted on a relatively low level, with little deficit or surplus in either direction. 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 scientists, experts and technical staff 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 with the German Land Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Usedom Project on cooperation for clean seas. The German island of Usedom, where the declaration was signed, is 445km2 in size – larger than all the Seychelles’ islands together.
Six measures that involve Seychelles are currently being financed under the International Climate Initiative. A new ICI joint project on the Blue Economy is currently being prepared.