Relations between Switzerland and Guyana are good but not particularly close. Switzerland's efforts to secure debt relief for Guyana are noteworthy.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Guyana
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
In September 2017, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, met her Guyanese counterpart David Granger on the margins of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva.
Switzerland and Guyana have concluded agreements on visa waivers for holders of diplomatic or official passports, extradition and investment protection. The Swiss embassy in Caracas represents Swiss interests in Guyana.
In 2016, Switzerland imported goods – primarily gold – worth CHF 28.11 million from Guyana. Swiss exports to Guyana – primarily machinery, metals and synthetic materials – amounted to CHF 1.18 million.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers and artists from Guyana can apply to the State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in Guyana
According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, there were 12 Swiss citizens living in Guyana at the end of 2016.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland has maintained diplomatic relations with Guyana since 1977. Switzerland actively worked to secure debt relief for the country and concluded a bilateral investment protection agreement in 2005 at Guyana's request.