Germany and Tuvalu established diplomatic relations on 26 June 1979. The German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, is responsible for Tuvalu.
A Tuvaluan Government delegation, headed by the country’s then Finance Minister Bikenibeu Paeniu, visited Germany in January 2005, the first such visit in many years. At the invitation of Federal Chancellor Merkel, Tuvalu’s then Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia travelled to Berlin and Potsdam in late 2009 in the run-up to the Copenhagen Conference. In November 2017 Tuvalu’s current Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga led a delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, where he also hosted a workshop.
German development cooperation with Tuvalu takes the form of microprojects. In recent years, Germany has helped Tuvalu to procure IT equipment and supported a women’s project in the agricultural sector.
In addition, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is implementing a variety of projects in the Pacific states that also benefit Tuvalu. One current project, entitled “Coping with climate change in the Pacific island region” and launched in 2009, provides consulting services to help strengthen the region’s capacity to adapt to climate change. Funding totalling 40.465 million euros is being made available for the duration of the project,. Germany also supports Tuvalu’s development through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF).
Bilateral trade between Germany and Tuvalu is modest. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany imported goods worth 18,000 euros from Tuvalu in 2016, while Tuvalu imported goods worth 48,000 euros from Germany.
Maritime shipping is a very important sector for Tuvalu. Several hundred Tuvaluan seafarers are employed on vessels that sail under the German flag. They make a significant contribution to the island nation’s economy through their remittances. German shipping companies run a recruitment office in Funafuti.
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