Last updated in November 2018
The Federal Republic of Germany and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations on 11 July 1978, only a few days after the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. Political relations between the two countries are friendly and untroubled. The German Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, is also accredited to the Solomon Islands.
In 2016, bilateral trade stood at approximately 2.9 million euros, with German imports from the Solomon Islands worth 2.2 million euros and German exports to the Solomon Islands 0.64 million euros, putting the Solomon Islands in 141st place among Germany’s trading partners in terms of German imports and 212th place in terms of German exports.
Germany is supporting the Solomon Islands’ economic, social and cultural development, in particular through its substantial contributions to the European Union. The EU is a major donor of development aid in the region. The focus of the European Development Fund (EDF) in the Solomon Islands is sustainable rural development, with particular attention to capacity building.
The Solomon Islands is also closely involved in German cooperation on climate policy with the countries of the South Pacific region. Participants from the Solomon Islands were among those attending the International Workshop on Seismology, Seismic Hazard and Tsunami Early Warning organised by the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in July 2010.
Within the context of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, the Federal Foreign Office funded training for 10 journalists from the Pacific island region. This involved sponsoring the journalists’ travel to Bonn, thereby enabling them to report first hand from COP 23. The journalists also attended a media training course provided by Deutsche Welle. Three journalists from the Solomon Islands took part in the trip.
The project “Coping with climate change in the Pacific island region”, which runs from 2009 to 2018 and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has also been extended to cover the Solomon Islands. Its activities there in Choiseul Province, focusing mainly on food security, forest management and inshore fishing, were implemented between 2012 and 2017 using a multi-level and multi-partner Approach.
In addition, as part of the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), a project was conducted with the aim of conserving and using mangrove forests for coastal protection in several South Pacific states, including the Solomon Islands. Since 2013, a regional project, entitled “Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries” (MACBIO), has also been implemented in the Solomon Islands and other states as part of the IKI. The Solomon Islands is additionally involved in a project to conserve tropical forests as a means of combating climate change.
Furthermore, the German Embassy in Canberra, which is also responsible for the Solomon Islands, frequently supports various small-scale projects in the island nation. In 2015, it assisted with the expansion of water supply and sanitation services in the southern part of Choiseul Province. It also supported the addition of ten further training stations at a computer and secretarial school in Honiara that offers computer training to local schools. In 2017, it funded a sea water desalination plant for an infirmary and maternity ward in Western Province and provided schoolroom furniture, personal computers and printers to a school in the remote Reef Islands in Temotu Province.
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