Chad is a priority country for bilateral cooperation. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC has been assisting Chad since 1965, above all with rural development as well as with access to healthcare and basic education. It is currently (2012) helping to alleviate the famine across the Sahel region.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Chad
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Political and economic relations are not very intensive. The focus of Switzerland's efforts is on improving the living conditions in Chad and the development of the country generally.
Cooperation in the domain of education
Scholars and artists from Chad can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Peacebuilding and human security
The situation in Chad is characterised by internal rivalries and disputes. Since 2011 the FDFA's Human Security Division has therefore been supporting peacebuilding activities and measures to strengthen governance in Chad.
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Chad is a priority country for international cooperation of Switzerland. Ever since cooperation with this country began back in 1965, Switzerland has provided support for rural development, basic education and healthcare.
Since 2004 Switzerland has also supported refugees from Darfur and displaced people in Chad by participating in the projects run by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme.
As part of development cooperation, Switzerland pledged CHF 14.1 million to help alleviate the famine. CHF 1 million of this went into the emergency relief aid of the World Food Programme for Chad, while the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) received CHF 0.5 million for its work in the country.
Swiss nationals in Chad
In 2015, 70 Swiss citizens were living in Chad.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland recognised Chad in 1960 and established diplomatic relations with this country in the Sahel region of Africa in 1963. Despite a bilateral agreement on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation, economic exchange remained modest.