Bilateral relations between Togo and Switzerland are smooth and friendly but not very intensive.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Togo
Key aspects diplomatic relations
Togo maintains permanent representation in Geneva. This representation is also accredited in Switzerland as an embassy. Switzerland is represented in Togo by an honorary consul general.
Switzerland and Togo have concluded a number of bilateral agreements: in 1964, on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation; in 1980, on air traffic; and in 2009 and 2011 on the cancellation of external debt.
Bilateral trade between Togo and Switzerland is fairly limited: in 2011 goods with a total value of CHF 16.39 million were exported from Switzerland to Togo, in particular vehicles and chemical products. During the same period, goods with a value of CHF 0.88 million were imported into Switzerland. Most of these imports were agricultural products.
Cooperation in the domain of education
Scholars and artists from Togo can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Bilateral cooperation in the areas of development and humanitarian aid are limited to individual measures such as the delivery of powdered milk. Beyond this, Switzerland supports regional programmes.
In 2009 and 2011 Switzerland cancelled external Togolese debt of approximately CHF 171 million (2009) and 61 million (2011). The cancellation was part of an initiative mounted by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Swiss nationals in Togo
2011 approximately 100 Swiss nationals lived in Togo. Nearly half of them have both Togolese and Swiss passports.
History of bilateral relations
Togo has been independent since 27 April 1960 and has been recognised as such by Switzerland since that time. The two countries took up diplomatic relations the same year. These relations have been maintained by Switzerland since 26 September 1960 from the embassy in Accra (Ghana). In 1972 Togo established a consulate in Switzerland which it later expanded into a permanent representation at the UN with accreditation as an embassy in Switzerland.