Bavarian Africa

About the office


The Bavarian Office for Africa, based in Addis Ababa, serves as the official interdepartmental representation of the Free State of Bavaria (Germany) in Africa. The Bavarian Office for Africa reports to the Bavarian State Chancellery and is the permanent contact point and hub for Bavarian contacts with Ethiopia, the African Union (AU) and the whole of Africa.

The mandate of the office comprises the areas of:

Cultural cooperation

Economic cooperation

Scientific cooperation

Development cooperation

In line with Bavaria’s core competencies, the aim is to establish and continue to develop future-oriented partnerships between Bavarian and African actors specifically in the fields of:

These areas reflect key competencies of Bavaria as a German federal state. The Bavarian Office for Africa develops ideas for new partnerships, coordinates existing activities and serves as a competent interlocutor for actors from both sides. It also monitors political, economic and social developments at the African Union and maintains contacts with institutions and representatives across the continent.

Flashback to the opening of the Bavarian Office for Africa in 2019

The Bavarian Office for Africa was officially opened by Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder on April 15, 2019, as the official interdepartmental representation of the Government of the Free State of Bavaria (Germany) in Africa. The Bavarian Office for Africa is located within the German Development Cooperation Office (GDCO) in the city centre of Addis Ababa. The opening of the office reflects the underlying idea:

Bavarian-African cooperation is designed to last.

Contextual overview of Bavaria’s international engagement

The Free State of Bavaria (Germany) maintains a large number of international relations with states and regions worldwide,
some of which have developed over decades.


As one of the world’s most advanced industrial regions, the #1 ICT and R&D hub in Europe as well as Germany’s economic powerhouse, Bavaria actively engages global networks and fosters international partnerships on all levels. It’s transformative development from a poor agrarian state only 75 years ago to one of Europe’s most prosperous regions today, has attracted much interest and attention near and far.


Bavaria’s external engagement is supported by numerous organisations that build and maintain international relationships in their respective fields, such as businesses, universities, research institutes, educational institutions, foundations, associations, public authorities and civil society organisations.


The Bavarian State Chancellery actively creates structures enabling international cooperation, provides financial support for projects and further develops prominent topics and programmes with partners both in Bavaria and abroad. The State Minister of European and International Affairs is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the international work of each department as well as ensuring close coordination and complementarity with the federal governmental levels in Germany.

The Free State of Bavaria currently maintains six comprehensive political representations around the world, namely in Brussels, Prague, Kiev, Montreal, Tel Aviv and Addis Ababa. These are complemented by a large number of Bavarian business offices in Northern and Southern America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe in order to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation.

Bavaria is today the largest consular location in Germany with more than 120 representations of foreign states interested in cooperating with the region. The Free State continuously welcomes delegations from all over the world seeking access to innovative technological solutions, renown scientific expertise, state-of-the-art educational and vocational training concepts or just some time out at the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle or the Munich Oktoberfest.

Job offers and internships

Please note that we currently do not have any openings.

Get in touch

Bavarian Office for Africa
c/o German House (GDCO), P.O. Box 100009
Kazanchis, Kirkos Sub City, Woreda 08
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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