Relations between Switzerland and Ecuador are good but not intensive. The Swiss development cooperation programme was completed in 2010.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Ecuador
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Political relations between Switzerland and Ecuador are good but relatively modest. The most recent ministerial level meeting took place in September 2017 when Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Amman received Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Trade Pablo Campana on an official visit to Bern.
The two countries have agreements on double taxation, air transport and mutual legal assistance.
Trade with Ecuador is relatively modest. In 2018 Switzerland imported goods worth over CHF 70 million, mainly agricultural products, precious stones and precious metals. In the same year, Swiss exports to Ecuador were worth over CHF 100 million. Switzerland's leading exports to Ecuador are pharmaceuticals, chemicals and machinery.
In 2017 Swiss direct investments in Ecuador stood at almost CHF 320 million and Swiss companies there employed around 5,400 people.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers in Ecuador can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in Ecuador
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, there were over 1,750 Swiss nationals living in Ecuador at the end of 2018.
History of bilateral relations
A Convention on Friendship, Establishment and Trade has existed between the two countries since 1888. Switzerland opened a consulate in Quito in 1938 and a diplomatic representation has been in place since 1963.
Between 1969 and 2009, Ecuador was a priority country for Swiss development cooperation. This programme, devoted to poverty reduction, was wound up at the end of 2010 when Ecuador became a medium-income country.