Germany in the Pacific

 Enlarge image Captain Pertiet, President Taneti Maamau and his wife, Ambassador Thiedemann, German volunteers Anne Paulsen and Patrizia Fritze (© German Embassy Wellington)

Germany's engagement in Kiribati illustrates its commitment to playing an active role in supporting the region's development. The local Marine Training College - operated mainly by the Hamburg-Süd shipping line - has provided thousands of Kiribati sailors with in-depth training and gainful employment. Regional projects by the German Development Agency GIZ set up to cope with climate change and project the nation's fragile environment - its atolls lie only a few metres above the ocean - assist the Pacific Islands greatly in meeting the challenges they face and ensuring a sustainable future. Enlarge image State Secretary Bwakura Timeon, Ambassador Thiedemann and Captain Pertiet sign the Agreement (© German Embassy Wellington)

On 15 May 2017, Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann presented the German Federal President's Letter of Accreditation to Kiribati President Taneti Maamau. They discussed the shared interests of both nations, among them their role in the United Nations, co-operation with the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and in the development field. The Ambassador signed an agreement on the financing of a new school project for the Marine Training Centre and visited several projects, meeting with German experts and young volunteers of the "Weltwärts" programme. Enlarge image Captain Pertietr demonstrates the vessel's motor (© German Embassy Wellington)

Fifty Years Marine Training Centre in Kiribati

Enlarge image Address and presentation by Ambassador Thiedemann (© German Embassy) German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann visited Kiribati in July to take part in the official celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marine Training Centre in Tarawa. On this occasion, he gave an address and presented the Marine Training Centre's Library Upgrade.

The celebrations' highlights involved performances by several artists, a joint parade and an anniversary banquet.