Germany opened an embassy in Dushanbe in 1993 during the Tajik civil war, making it the first EU member state with an embassy in the country. Germany has supported the inner-Tajik peace and democratisation process from the start and remains actively committed to promoting the rule of law and respect for human rights. Official consultations between the two Foreign Ministries were agreed in May 2016; the most recent round of talks took place in Berlin on 1 October 2019.
Tajikistan is the smallest and poorest state in Central Asia. There is little trade between Germany and Tajikistan. In 2018 Tajikistan ranked 145th among Germany’s trading partners, with trade worth 46.3 million euros. Structural defects in the banking sector, gaps in infrastructure, energy scarcity (e.g. electricity supply in winter) and legal uncertainty adversely affect the investment climate. Tajikistan’s main export is aluminium, and agriculture is the major domestic economic sector.
Germany is Tajikistan’s most important bilateral donor within the EU. Bilateral engagement focuses on sustainable economic development and on health, particularly tuberculosis control and mother and child health. Further commitments include construction of local schools and the rehabilitation and/or construction of hydropower plants.
The PATRIP Foundation, run by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, carries out cross-border development and infrastructure projects with Afghanistan.