Relations between Switzerland and Chad are good and focus mainly on development cooperation.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Chad
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland has defined a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa for the period 2021-24.
In the Sahel region, which includes Chad, Switzerland focuses primarily on promoting peace, the respect for international humanitarian law, the bolstering of basic services, and the sustainable management of natural resources.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers who are citizens of Chad can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Measures to promote peace and human security
As domestic rivalries and ideological divisions have a strong influence on the country's governance, the Peace and Human Rights Division of the FDFA has launched peace promotion activities as well as measures to strengthen governance and the inclusion of women in Chad.
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Chad is a priority country for Swiss international aid. Cooperation has been under way since 1965. Swiss cooperation aims to combat poverty and contribute to peace and stability in the country by aiming its actions at the causes of the precarious conditions. It implements complementary activities in development, humanitarian aid, and peace policy, while seeking synergies through a regional approach.
Swiss citizens in Chad
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, 31 Swiss citizens were living in Chad at the end of 2020 and 80 citizens of Chad were living in Switzerland.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland recognised Chad in 1960 and established diplomatic relations it in 1963. Despite the conclusion of bilateral agreements on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation, economic exchanges remain limited.