Bilateral relations Switzerland–Ecuador

Relations between Switzerland and Ecuador are good, but not intense. The Swiss development cooperation programme was terminated in 2010.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Political relations between Switzerland and Ecuador are relatively modest. The most recent ministerial-level meeting took place in October 2014 when Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Amman received Ecuador’s Minister of International Trade Francisco Rivadeneira on an official visit to Bern.
The two countries have agreements in the areas of investment protection, double taxation, air transport and mutual legal assistance.

Treaty database

Government of Ecuador (es)

Economic cooperation

Trade with Ecuador is relatively modest. In 2015, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 114.4 million, mainly agricultural products, precious stones and precious metals. Exports to Ecuador, mainly pharmaceuticals, chemicals and machinery, showed steady growth amounting to CHF 113.5 million in 2015.

In 2014, direct investment from Switzerland in Ecuador stood at CHF 330 million and Swiss companies employed 5,605 people in the country.

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Swiss nationals in Ecuador

According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, 1,874 Swiss nationals were living in Ecuador at the end of 2016.

Cultural exchange

The international cultural presence in the country has multiplied since 2004, when Quito was chosen as the cultural capital of Latin America. It is against this background that the Swiss embassy in Quito founded the ‘Círculo Cultural de Suiza’, which organises cultural events on a regular basis.

History of bilateral relations

A Convention on Friendship, Establishment and Trade has existed between the two countries since 1888. In response to the growing size of the Swiss colony and the threat to Swiss trading interests from import substitution, Switzerland opened a Consulate in Quito in 1938. A diplomatic representation was opened in 1963, which since 1991 has been headed by an Ambassador.

Between 1969 and 2009, Ecuador was a priority country for Swiss development cooperation. This programme, devoted to poverty reduction, was terminated at the end of 2010, because in the meantime Ecuador became a medium-income country.

Ecuador, historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)