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 enviroment - 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, cooperation 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)