The Federal Republic has maintained diplomatic relations with Morocco since 1956. Contacts have traditionally been close, friendly and untroubled. There is good cooperation between Germany and Morocco in the political, economic and cultural spheres as well as in development cooperation, especially on key issues such as the environment, climate change, energy and science, migration and most recently on combating the pandemic. Germany is also eager to support Morocco in the areas of democratic development, the rule of law, civil society and human rights.
Development cooperation is a cornerstone of relations between the two countries. Germany is one of Morocco’s largest bilateral donors, pledging funds to the tune of almost 1.4 billion euro in total in 2020. Since 2019 we have also had ties with Morocco through a reform partnership. In 2020, Germany supported Morocco with an emergency assistance programme to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. As well as GIZ and KfW, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have their own offices in Morocco.
Germany and Morocco enjoy significant economic and trade relations. In 2019, Germany ranked seventh among Morocco’s trading partners, with imports from Morocco amounting to 1.4 billion euro, and exports to Morocco totalling 2.2 billion euro. There are nearly 300 companies with German equity participation operating in Morocco, mainly concentrated in Casablanca and Tangier. Morocco is a popular tourist destination. In 2018, approximately six percent of foreign tourists were from Germany. The good infrastructure, varied scenery, rich cultural heritage and climate harbour potential for growth in this area.
Besides programme work, cultural activities focus on promoting the German language and on scientific and academic cooperation. The Goethe-Institut has offices in Casablanca and Rabat and German Points of Dialogue in Tangier and Oujda. A number of partner schools also exist, as well as more than 20 cooperation projects in the area of higher education. There are German Academic Exchange Service lectors working in Rabat and Meknes. The Federal Foreign Office also funds cultural preservation measures in Morocco.