Germany and Samoa have a long tradition of relations, influenced by our colonial past. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have existed since 18 May 1972. The German Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand is responsible for Samoa. The Samoan Embassy in Brussels is responsible for Germany.
Samoa participated in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn in November 2017.
Bilateral trade between Germany and Samoa is very modest. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany exported goods worth 1.796 million euros to Samoa in 2018 and imported goods worth 324,000 euros from the country.
Samoa used to be a priority country of German development cooperation in the Pacific. Now, development cooperation largely takes place at EU level. For the period from 2014 to 2020, the EU has at its disposal funds amounting to 20 million euros for development cooperation projects with Samoa as well as an additional 4.5 million euros to promote renewable energies. Germany supports the development of the Pacific island state through its contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF).
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) also carries out various projects in the Pacific countries, from which Samoa benefits. The aim of the 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. Total funding for the project over its duration until the end of 2020 amounts to 53.472 million euros.
Germany is also actively engaged in supporting Samoa particularly by promoting micro-projects at municipal level.
In a joint project with the New Zealand National Archive, Germany is helping the Samoan National Archives and Records Authority to build capacities for digitising and conserving historical materials.