The Swiss Ambassador
Grüezi – Bonjour – Buongiorno – Allegra
Dear visitors of our website - welcome! Thank you for your interest in Switzerland and in the Swiss Embassy in Addis Ababa.
The Embassy and its staff are covering Switzerland’s relations with Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and the African Union. In addition, we are taking care of Switzerland’s cooperation with the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), based in Addis Ababa, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), headquartered in Djibouti.
The Embassy is run by a team of over 30 persons, both, transferable diplomats from Switzerland and Ethiopian colleagues. Together, we cover political and economic relations, development cooperation and humanitarian aid as well as consular and visa matters for Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan. We take care of the needs of Swiss citizens in these countries, support scientific cooperation and cultural exchange and explore new areas of bilateral and multilateral interest.
The Embassy’s outpost in Juba, South Sudan, implements Switzerland’s humanitarian and human security programs in this youngest country of the international community, employing over 20 expatriate and local staff. In Djibouti, we work together with our Honorary Consul who is the primary contact person for Switzerland related issues in this country.
With Ethiopia, Switzerland established in 2015 yearly political consultations between the Foreign Ministries in which issues of common interest are discussed. A number of bilateral agreements were signed in the past years, among others on technical and financial cooperation in 2015 and on mutual air traffic in 2016.
On the economic side, trade between Switzerland and Ethiopia remains modest, but shows a clear potential for development. The economic team of the Embassy stands ready to support commercial initiatives and business endeavors aiming at intensifying the bilateral economic relations.
In the multilateral arena, Switzerland is a partner of the African Union, the leading organization on the continent. In addition, we work with UNECA and IGAD, the regional structure for the Horn of Africa, in areas of common interest such as peace promotion, security and migration related issues.
In the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, the Embassy and its international cooperation team are active in the framework of Switzerland’s Cooperation Strategy 2012/17 for the Horn of Africa and the Strategy 2017/20 of the Swiss Development Cooperation’s Global Program on Food Security. Specific areas of engagement are the health sector, governance, food security and migration and protection activities.
In Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan live between 250 and 300 Swiss citizens. The Embassy is their primary point of contact for passports, official documents and administrative requirements. The Embassy’s consular team is anytime available for the needs of Swiss citizens living in or travelling through the countries in our area of competence.
The Embassy also issues visa to Ethiopian citizens and citizens of other countries with visa requirements for Switzerland. Per year, the visa team handles around 1’700 visa applications, many of them related to conferences and meetings taking place in Geneva, where the European headquarters of the United Nations is located.
Our website offers you further information on these and other topics. Should you not find what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us for additional support.
Ambassador Daniel Hunn
and the Swiss Embassy team