Last updated in November 2018

Germany and Vanuatu established diplomatic relations on 22 April 1981. Political relations between the two countries are friendly and untroubled. The German Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, is also accredited to Vanuatu.

In 2016, bilateral trade amounted to approximately one million euros, with German imports from Vanuatu worth 24,000 euros and German exports to Vanuatu worth 0.998 million euros, putting Vanuatu in 213th place among Germany’s trading partners in terms of German imports and 212th place in terms of German exports.

Following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015, Germany provided emergency assistance to Vanuatu through funding from the Federal Foreign Office. Germany is supporting Vanuatu’s economic, social and cultural development, in particular through its substantial contributions to the European Union. The EU is the  fourth-largest donor of development aid in the region, after Australia, China and New Zealand. The focus of the European Development Fund (EDF) in Vanuatu is on developing and supporting agriculture.

Vanuatu is also closely involved in German cooperation on climate policy with the countries of the South Pacific region. In December 2009, Vanuatu’s then Prime Minister Edward Natapei attended a climate forum in Berlin at the invitation of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Vanuatu was represented at Head of Government level at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn in November 2017: Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas led Vanuatu’s delegation. Within the context of COP 23, 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. One journalist from Vanuatu took part in the trip.


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