Last updated in March 2019
Political relations have traditionally been good. There is substantial agreement on international policy, especially within the United Nations. Germany supports regional integration within the Caribbean Community CARICOM, of which Trinidad and Tobago is the strongest member in economic terms.
The good impression made by Germany as host of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which Trinidad and Tobago also competed, has continued to resonate up to the present day. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Trinidad and Tobago was a participant at Berlin’s International Green Week. In March 2015, then Foreign Affairs Minister Dookeran visited Berlin and Hamburg together with his counterparts from the other CARICOM countries.
In the economic sector, a key factor is the long‑term engagement of German companies, which have made substantial investments there (so far a total of more than 4 billion euros), especially in large plant construction in the petrochemical sector. A bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement entered into force in 2010, further improving the overall business conditions for German companies. A new double taxation agreement has been under negotiation since January 2014.
Other cooperation and trade accords exist within the framework of the agreements between the European Union and the ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) states, and between the EU and CARIFORUM (CARICOM member states plus the Dominican Republic). The further development of trade relations with the EU is being closely monitored in Trinidad and Tobago and in the entire region in light of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s new partnership agreement with the states of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Post‑Cotonou Agreement).
In development cooperation, Trinidad and Tobago has indirect ties to Germany through German agreements with the Caribbean Community CARICOM, cooperation focusing mainly on the promotion of renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. Since 2011, Trinidad and Tobago has no longer been classed as a developing country and official bilateral development cooperation has therefore been terminated.
Higher education partnerships between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and German universities, including Flensburg, Dresden, Wolfenbüttel and Kiel Universities, have been progressing well. Since September 2013, there has been a master’s programme in Renewable Energy Technology in Trinidad, which is supported by lecturers from Flensburg. The state vocational training institute MIC is working with the Aachen Chamber of Crafts and Trade on dual system training courses in the field of automotive engineering.
Tobago is a popular destination for German tourists, who make up the third largest group of visitors, after Britons and Canadians. Direct flights are available between Germany and Tobago.
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