Bilateral relations Switzerland–Cameroon

The relations between Switzerland and Cameroon are good. A marked interest has emerged in boosting bilateral relations, in particular in the area of migration.

Key apects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland has set out a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa for 2021–24.

Two agreements on migration were signed in September 2014. Indeed, issues linked to migration are an important focus of bilateral cooperation and an area in which the two governments coordinate effectively.

Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy 2021–24 (PDF, 3.1 MB, English)

Treaty database

Migration

Economic cooperation

Trade volume is modest. It has been fluctuating around CHF 15 million for several years. The Swiss private sector is present, mainly through multinational companies.

Switzerland and Cameroon concluded an agreement on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation that entered into force in 1967.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Measures to promote peace and human security

Since 2019, Switzerland has been committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Northwest Region and Southwest Region of Cameroon. Switzerland is willing to share its expertise in good offices and dialogue facilitation to complement national conflict resolution initiatives.

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Cameroon is facing several major humanitarian crises. Switzerland's considerable support here comes through the UN Agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and several NGOs. Protection of the civilian population lies at the heart of Switzerland's support strategy.

Switzerland also continues to support government projects in agriculture, water and energy with counterpart funds, as well as a large-scale pilot project in the area of urban planning for and with internally displaced persons and host communities in Douala (with the UN).

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Swiss citizens in Cameroon

According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, 237 Swiss citizens were living in Cameroon at the end of 2020 and 4,296 citizens of Cameroon were living in Switzerland.