Bilateral relations Switzerland–Bolivia

Relations between Switzerland and Bolivia are good, particularly in the area of development cooperation. Bolivia is a priority country for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The SDC has been active in Bolivia for over 40 years. As part of its cooperation strategy, the SDC carries out projects in the areas of decentralisation and human rights, climate change mitigation, and employment and income. Since 2013 consular matters have been handled by the regional consular centre for the Andes in Lima.

Switzerland and Bolivia have agreements covering investment protection, air transport, and technical and scientific cooperation.

Treaty database

Government of Bolivia, official (es)

Economic cooperation

Trade between the two countries is relatively modest. In 2016, Switzerland imported goods – primarily agricultural and mining products – worth CHF 9.3 million from Bolivia. Swiss exports to Bolivia – machines, medical instruments and pharmaceutical products – amounted to CHF 33.3 million in 2016.

Swiss direct investments in Bolivia amounted to CHF 72 million at the end of 2015. Swiss companies in Bolivia currently employ about 1,100 people.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global enterprise

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Swiss development cooperation is tailored to the Bolivian government’s poverty reduction priorities. Development cooperation is aimed at improving incomes, employment opportunities and the quality of life of marginalised and poor segments of the population and the related goal of promoting greater participation in political decision-making processes.

The SDC is above all active in the rural regions of the Bolivian highlands and nearby valleys. Owing to the rapid urbanisation that has taken place in recent decades, the SDC’s activities now focus not only on rural areas but also on the poverty-stricken districts of Bolivia's cities. The SDC’s development cooperation programmes address three aspects in relation to poverty reduction:

  • Employment and income
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Decentralisation and human rights

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid, SDC

Swiss nationals in Bolivia

At the end of 2017 there were 1,180 Swiss nationals living in Bolivia.