Germany and Ghana: Bilateral relations

24.02.2020 - Article

Germany and Ghana enjoy close relations in a wide ranging of fields. Ghana is a key partner for Germany in West Africa, as illustrated not least by Ghana’s inclusion in the G20 initiative Compact with Africa under the German G20 Presidency in 2017 and by the conclusion of a bilateral reform and investment partnership the same year.

There is a regular exchange of bilateral visits. In February 2019, the third German-African Business Summit with well over 600 participants from Germany and all over Africa was held in Accra. The event was organised by the Sub‑Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI). Since taking office, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has visited Germany several times, most recently in November 2019 for the Compact with Africa conference in Berlin.

Germany is an important trading partner for Ghana. Bilateral trade was worth approximately 630 million euros in 2018. Vehicles, machinery and chemical products are the most important exports from Germany to Ghana, while cocoa and crude oil products 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 Ghana. The German business sector has been represented in Accra since 2011 by a Delegate Office of German Industry and Commerce. Germany Trade and Invest has had a representative in Ghana since the beginning of 2014. The Goethe-Institut does cultural work in Accra and offers language classes. 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 one of the major supporters of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), which trains personnel for peacekeeping missions by 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 in Germany’s bilateral development cooperation. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the German Investment and Development Company all have offices in Accra. More information about German development cooperation with Ghana can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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