Germany and Antigua and Barbuda: Bilateral relations

01.03.2024 - Article

Political relations are friendly and untroubled. Cooperation mainly takes place in the form of individual development cooperation and cultural projects and within the United Nations.

Bilateral economic relations with Antigua and Barbuda are relatively insignificant. German holidaymakers generate considerable revenue. Antigua and Barbuda’s main exports to Germany are agricultural products.

A bilateral investment protection and promotion agreement has been in place since 2001. A bilateral agreement on mutual assistance and exchange of information on tax matters and tax offences was signed in October 2010. Other cooperation and trade accords exist within the framework of the agreements between the European Union and the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) states as well as between the EU and CARIFORUM (CARICOM member states plus the Dominican Republic). Antigua and Barbuda and the states of the Caribbean hope that the signing of the EU’s new partnership agreement with the states of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Post-Cotonou or Samoa Agreement) will bring a further intensification of relations with the EU.

In development cooperation, Antigua and Barbuda has indirect links with Germany through regional projects between Germany and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that focus on sustainable economic development, the promotion of renewable energy, adaptation to climate change and fostering biodiversity.

Germany supports the CARICOM states in their efforts to combat the proliferation of small arms through the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap.

In addition, Germany provides assistance in the region through micro-projects and sports promotion measures. Antigua and Barbuda benefits from the Federal Foreign Office’s Training for International Diplomats programme, with diplomats from the country regularly being invited to participate in its courses.

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