Germany–Kenya relations

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German-Kenyan relations



German–Kenyan relations are bilateral relations between Germany and Kenya.


The young Uhuru (Current President, Kenya) with his father Kenyatta (First President of Kenya) and the West German President Heinrich Lübke.

Germany was the first country to recognise Kenya on independence.[1] Both countries enjoy warm relations.

In 1966, President Heinrich Lübke of West Germany visited Nairobi.

In July 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Kenya. She held talks with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The Chancellor was on a tour to begin the newly incepted 'Afrika-Konzept'. [2]

In 2014, the Foreign Cabinet Secretary of Kenya, Amina Mohamed met with the Cabinet Secretary of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.[3]

In the same year, Former President of Germany, Horst Köhler led a trade delegation to Nairobi.[4] He also held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Germany is usually the third or fourth largest source of tourists to Kenya. Germany unlike other European countries restrained itself from issuing travel advisories to Kenya.[4]

Development cooperation

German development cooperation from 2014 to 2016 is said to be worth KES. 14.6 billion (EUR. 138 million).[5]

Key areas for Kenya and Germany are:

  • Agriculture (focusing on food security and drought resilience)[5]
  • Development of the water and sanitation sector[5]
  • Support for the health sector[5]
  • Good governance (tackling corruption and improving transparency and accountability)[5]
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Education

Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Kenya amounts up to KES. 24.08 billion (EUR. 227 million) annually (2011/2012). Germany is Kenya's second largest financial donor. Numerous German political foundations also have a Kenyan office.


Germany is Kenya's third largest export market in Europe after the UK and the Netherlands.[4]

In 2013, Kenya exported goods worth KES. 8.24 billion (EUR. 78 million) to Germany. Germany exported goods worth KES. 37.49 billion (EUR. 354 million) to Kenya.[4]

Kenya and Germany signed an agreement to avoid double taxation in 1977.


Companies such as BASF and Lufthansa Cargo have operations in Kenya. Over 60 German companies have invested more than KES. 9 billion (EUR. 86 million) in Kenya.

Diplomatic missions

Kenya had diplomatic relations with West Germany and the embassy was located in Bonn.[6] After the unification of East and West Germany, the embassy moved to Berlin.

Additionally, Germany has an embassy in Nairobi.

External links


  1. [1].Germany and Kenya. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.
  2. [2].VISIT BY CHANCELLOR MERKEL | Kenya Embassy, Berlin. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.
  3. [3].The relationship between Germany and Kenya is excellent. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 [4].German investors seek new ventures in Kenya. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 [5].Kenya | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.
  6. [6].Bilateral Relations | Kenya and Germany. Retrieved on 18 January 2015.