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 2017, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 71 million, mainly agricultural products, precious stones and precious metals. In the same year, Swiss exports to Ecuador amounted to CHF 124 million. Switzerland's leading exports are pharmaceuticals, chemicals and machinery.
At the end of 2016, direct investment from Switzerland in Ecuador stood at CHF 310 million and Swiss companies employed about 5,400 people in the country.
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 the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, 1,760 Swiss nationals were living in Ecuador at the end of 2017.
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.