Diplomatic relations between Germany and Tuvalu were established on 26 June 1979. The German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, is responsible for Tuvalu while the Tuvaluan Embassy in Brussels is responsible for Germany.
In November 2017, Tuvalu’s then Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga led a delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, where he also hosted a workshop.
Bilateral trade between Germany and Tuvalu is modest. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany exported goods worth 23,000 euros to Tuvalu in 2018 and imported goods worth 178,000 euros from the country.
Maritime shipping is a very important sector for Tuvalu. German shipping companies run a recruitment office in Funafuti.
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.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH also carries out various projects in the Pacific countries from which Tuvalu benefits. The aim of the current regional project, Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region, is to strengthen capacities for adapting to climate change in the region by providing advisory services between 2009 and 2020. Total funding for the project over its duration amounts to 53.472 million euros.
Germany also helps to promote Tuvalu’s development through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF).
Tuvalu is a member of our Group of Friends on Climate and Security in the United Nations.