Last updated in February 2018
The two countries have a long tradition of friendly relations. On 1 November 1876, the German Empire signed a friendship treaty with Tonga. The Federal Republic of Germany established diplomatic relations with the island nation in 1976. The Treaty on Friendly Relations and Co-operation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Tonga entered into force on 2 January 1978. The two countries do not maintain embassies in each other’s capitals. The German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, is responsible for Tonga, while Tonga’s mission in London is responsible for Germany.
Germany’s economic relations with Tonga are modest. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany imported goods worth 10,000 euros from Tonga in 2014, while Tonga imported goods worth 459,000 euros from Germany.
Tonga benefits from Germany’s development cooperation engagement in the region. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in cooperation with regional and local partners, is implementing a regional programme focused on adapting to climate change as well as regional projects aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the oceans and coastal areas. In the renewable energies sector, a grant agreement regarding the installation of a solar roof at a hospital in Vava’u – a project funded by the Federal Foreign Office ‒ was signed in September 2016 in the presence of the then President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert. The solar roof was officially inaugurated in July 2017.
Germany is also supporting the development of the Pacific island nation through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF). In the past, it has supported the implementation of microprojects in the spheres of infrastructure, education and vocational training, as well as health.
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