The German Embassy Nairobi is in charge of the bilateral relations not only with Kenya but also with Somalia and the Seychelles.
The Ambassador is also accredited as Germany's Permanent Representative at the UN organizations UNEP and UN-HABITAT in Nairobi.
Germany and Kenya have a tradition of close partnership. Kenya's political and economic weight means that it plays an important role in the region. Germany is one of Kenya's principal partners and one of the major donors.
Given the decades-long civil war in Somalia and the disintegration of the Somali state, resulting not least in the absence of functioning central state institutions in the country, one can hardly speak of bilateral relations in the conventional sense (absence of development cooperation; very little trade; no tourism; no cultural or scientific exchange). Without a significant improvement of the situation in Somalia, this is, unfortunately, unlikely to change soon.
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Bilateral relations are harmonious and friendly. The German tourists (some 20,000 in 2008) visiting the island republic's "dream beaches" each year constitute one of the country's main sources of foreign currency. In terms of numbers, Germans rank second after the French and ahead of Italian and British visitors.
Nairobi hosts the headquarters of UNEP and UN-Habitat. The German Embassy Nairobi closely cooperates with these two United Nations organisations.
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