Bilateral relations

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Uganda are modest in scope. Uganda is not one of the priority countries for Swiss development cooperation, and economic and cultural exchange is also limited.

Swiss nationals in Uganda

As at the end of 2015, 114 Swiss nationals were living in Uganda.

Cooperation in the domain of education

Scholars and artists from Uganda can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland recognised Uganda in 1962 and in 1966 it assumed diplomatic relations with the East African country. In 1972 it opened a consulate in Kampala. A year earlier the two countries signed an investment protection agreement.

Under the dictatorship of President Idi Amin (1971–1979) numerous groups of people in the country suffered persecution. In 1972 Switzerland accepted 200 refugees of Asian origin as part of a multilateral programme. It also provided humanitarian aid through both private and international organisations. In 1988 Switzerland launched a programme to compensate losses in the coffee industry resulting from a slump in coffee prices.

Entry in the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (fr)