Germany and Ghana: Bilateral relations
Bilateral relations are friendly. Ghana is a key partner in West Africa, as is illustrated by Ghana’s inclusion in the G20 initiative Compact with Africa under the German G20 Presidency in 2017.
Reciprocal visits take place on a regular basis. Since taking office, Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo has visited Germany several times, most recently in February 2022 at the invitation of BioNTech to attend a ceremony in Marburg marking the handover to Ruanda of a modular vaccine manufacturing facility.
Germany is an important trading partner for Ghana. In 2021, Germany’s imports from Ghana amounted to 284.9 million euro. The volume of German exports to Ghana was 359.2 million euro. Machinery and chemical products are the most important exports from Germany to Ghana, and food and raw materials are the main exports from Ghana to Germany.
Germany is represented across the board in Ghana. Among Germany’s political foundations, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung currently have offices in the country. The Goethe-Institut does cultural work in Accra and offers language classes. The German business sector has maintained a Delegate Office of German Industry and Commerce in Accra since 2011, and Germany Trade and Invest has had a representative in Accra since 2014. The German Academic Exchange Service has an information office and guides over 40 German-Ghanaian university partnerships.
The German Government conducts a wide range of activities in Ghana. For example, it is the biggest supporter of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, which trains personnel for peacekeeping missions of the United Nations, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The German Government also helps to train and equip the Ghanaian army and police.
Ghana is a priority country for our development cooperation efforts. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and DEG all have offices in Accra. There are also a number of scientific cooperation projects, including five regional research centres dedicated to the natural sciences, tropical medicine, healthcare and pandemic prevention, as well as the social sciences and climate research.