Bilateral relations Switzerland–Jamaica

Switzerland maintains good, but not very extensive political and economic relations with Jamaica. The interests of Switzerland in Jamaica are represented by the Swiss embassy in Cuba.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland and Jamaica have concluded agreements in the following areas: investment promotion and protection, double taxation, air traffic, and the recognition and protection of geographical indications (PDO/PGI).

Between 2008 and 2011, Switzerland supported Jamaica in establishing a functional and effective system for the protection of geographical indications.

Switzerland has been represented by an honorary consul since 2004. The Swiss embassy in Havana, Cuba, is responsible for Switzerland's diplomatic relations with Jamaica.

Treaty database

Caribbean Community CARICOM

Government of Jamaica

Economic cooperation

The volume of trade between Switzerland and Jamaica is modest. In 2022 Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 3.4 million from Jamaica, primarily agricultural products. Swiss exports to Jamaica – mainly watches and machinery and, to a lesser extent, chemicals – totalled CHF 15 million.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers who are citizens of Jamaica can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, (SERI)

Swiss nationals in Jamaica

At the end of 2022 there were 111 Swiss citizens living in Jamaica.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland was quick to recognise Jamaica's independence in 1962 and has maintained diplomatic relations with the country since then. Between 1963 and 2004, Switzerland maintained a consulate general in the capital, Kingston. Since 2004, it has been represented by an honorary consul.

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

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, Dodis

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