Relations are amicable. The German ambassador in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is also accredited to Mauritius, where Germany has an honorary consulate. Mauritius has four honorary consuls in Germany (in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as its embassy in Berlin. There is trustful cooperation between Germany and Mauritius in international bodies.
There is potential for improvement in trade relations between Germany and Mauritius. In 2018, Germany exported goods worth 131.23 million euros to Mauritius, compared with 122.50 million euros in 2017. During the same period, Germany imported goods worth around 54 million euros from Mauritius, compared with 64.74 million euros in 2017. Germany’s main imports from Mauritius are clothing, food products and animal feed. Germany’s main exports to Mauritius are motor vehicles and vehicle parts, machinery, chemical products, beverages and data processing equipment. In 2018, Mauritius ranked 121st among suppliers of German imports and 114th among recipients of German exports out of a total of 239 trading partners (provisional figures from 19 June 2019).
The air transport agreement with Mauritius was renegotiated in January 2016 in response to the growing tourism demand. In 2016, the number of tourists from Germany increased by 37.9 percent in comparison with the previous year to around 103,000, exceeding the 100,000 mark. Since then, the number of German tourists has risen constantly (2017: 118,900, 2018: 132,800).
An investment promotion agreement has been in force since 1973. The revised version of the 1981 double taxation agreement was signed in October 2011 and entered into force on 1 January 2013.
Culture, education and science
Interest in the German language is growing, not least due to German business engagement, especially in the areas of direct investment and tourism. German is currently taught at a tourism school and four grammar schools in Mauritius but it is not yet an integral part of the curricula. A private (German) language school also provides German tuition up to the level of B1.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards grants for study and research trips in both directions. In 2017, 14 Mauritians and 6 Germans received funding. According to UNESCO, 7165 Mauritians were studying abroad in 2017, most of them in the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
Germany’s image abroad
Germany enjoys a very positive image in Mauritius, with all kinds of German products (especially mid-range and top-range cars) being held in high regard. The country’s media report on major events in Germany, including sports.
Development cooperation has been terminated due to the high level of development in Mauritius.