Bilateral relations of Tajikistan and Switzerland

01.03.2013 10:10

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and Swiss Confederation were established on December 9, 1992.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to Swiss Confederation is Jamshed Khamidov with residence in Geneva.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to the Republic of Tajikistan is Mr. Urs Schmid (with residence in Astana) (presented his credentials on 22 November 2016).

The Swiss Office for Cooperation is functioning since November 2001 in Dushanbe. Director of the Office is Ms. Walburgu Roos (since August 2016).

Bilateral cooperation: On July 9th 2008 was opened the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Tajikistan to the UN Geneva office.

On September 3rd 2010 the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in Geneva was opened. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to Swiss Confederation is Jamshed Homidov.

In November 2000 the Federal Chancellor of Swiss Confederation Mr. Caspar Filliger visited Tajikistan.  

In April 2002  the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Swiss Confederation paid an official visit to Tajikistan.

On October 22-23, 2002 the President of State Council of Swiss Confederation A. Cote visited Tajikistan.

On October 5-6, 2009 the official delegation of Swiss Confederation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey visited Tajikistan and met with the President and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On June 22d, 2010 the first round of Human rights dialogue took place in Dushanbe.

On March 28-30, 2011 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan H. Zarifi visited Switzerland. During the visit Hamrokhon Zarifi met with the President of Swiss Confederation, Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey, as well as with the Ministers of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Ms Doris Leuthard and economic relations Johann Schneider-Ammann.

On March 29, 2011 the second round of political consultations between Tajikistan and Switzerland took place in Bern.

On April 26, 2013 the official delegation of the Swiss Confederation led by the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Yves Rossier visited Tajikistan. This visit took place in the framework of the tour across the five states of Central Asia in order to identify the main areas of cooperation during the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2014.

During his visit Rossier has met with the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan M. Sobirov and other official meetings with representatives of other government structures, international organizations and civil society.

On November 21-22 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland who at the same time assumed the posts of the President of this country and the acting Chair of OSCE in 2014 Didier Burkhalter in the framework of his regional tour paid a visit to Tajikistan. During his visit Burkhalter has met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, visited the OSCE Field Office in Dushanbe and had a meeting with the representatives of civil society.

On 22-26 October, 2015 the delegation of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce  visited the Republic of Tajikistan headed by the head of Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland, Guy Mettan.

During the visit, the Swiss delegation had meeting with the Head of the Chamber of Commerce of Tajikistan, Sharif Said, as well as with the heads of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Committee on Investments and State Property of the RT, Chief Department of Geology under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as with the Chairman of Orienbank.

The Chambers of Commerce of Tajikistan and Switzerland have signed a memorandum of cooperation. According to these documents, trade and commercial representatives may be appointed both in Switzerland and Tajikistan.

On September 18, 2015 Human Rights Dialogue was held in the Swiss capital Bern. The Tajik delegation consisted of the following representatives: Tajik Ambassador in Switzerland, Jamshed Khomidov, the Head of the Department of constitutional guarantees of citizens of the Executive Office of the Republic of Tajikistan M. Ashuriyon and Human Rights Commissioner Z. Alizoda.

Swiss side was headed by Special Envoy for Human Rights in Switzerland, Nikol Verse. The Dialogue touched upon the issues of death penalty, gender, population, the prevention of torture.

 

 

 

 

Political Consultations between Tajikistan and Switzerland. On June 11th, 2009 the first political consultations between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and Swiss Confederation took place in Dushanbe. The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and Swiss Confederation on mutual promotion and protection of investments was signed at the end of the meeting.

On March 29th, 2011 the second round of political consultations between two countries took place in Bern. Tajik delegation was headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Hamrohon Zarifi and Swiss delegation by the Minister of foreign affairs of Switzerland     Michelin Calmy-Rey. The parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation, the situation in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, as well as in other neighboring countries. Also were considered the key issues such as water management and cooperation between Tajikistan and other countries.

Human rights dialogue between Tajikistan and Switzerland. The first round of dialogue on human rights between Switzerland and Tajikistan took place on June 22nd, 2010 in Dushanbe. The Dialog been formally discussed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Zarifi and Federal Counselor Michelin Calmi-Rey, during her working visit to Central Asia, the last in October 2009. The parties have focused on the discussion of human rights issues and the possibility of deepening the dialogue on specific projects. It should be noted that the Republic of Tajikistan is the first republic in Central Asia, where this kind of dialogue is conducted.

On May 12-13th 2011 the second round of dialogue on human rights between the Republic of Tajikistan and Swiss Confederation was held in Bern. Tajik delegation was represented by the Ambassador of Tajikistan in Switzerland Nasriddinov, Ashurov, Devonaev Alizoda, and Kadyrov.

On April 25th, 2012 the third round of dialogue on human rights between Tajikistan and Switzerland took place in Dushanbe. The representatives of relevant ministries and departments of the two countries had attended this meeting. They discussed a wide range of issues, including women's rights, domestic violence, the death penalty, etc.

The fourth round of HRD was held in Switzerland on 6-10 April 2013.

In order to participate in the fifth round of HRD between Tajikistan and Switzerland on 10 February 2014 the Swiss Delegation had arrived to Dushanbe. During their visit the delegation has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The next round of HRD was held on 18 September 2015 in Bern.

Swiss Cooperation Office in Dushanbe. The main purpose of Swiss cooperation is the fight against poverty and support the country's transition to a pluralistic and economically viable state. Swiss government created two federal offices for the management and coordination of international development: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Their main tasks are defined in the context of the Regional Strategic Cooperation for 2007 and 2010 and include the following: a) to contribute to the creation of transparent, accountable and effective public institutions, and b) the provision of equal access to quality public services, and c) the development of a sustainable private sector. The implementation is monitored by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan, which was founded in 1998 in Dushanbe. The office includes also the Swiss Consular Agency. The main partners are the international organizations, local and international NGOs and government agencies. Switzerland invests about $ 15 million in economic development and poverty reduction in Tajikistan.

In order to facilitate the process of sustainable development, the Swiss Cooperation supports the efforts of all partners: government, civil society, and equally important, the private sector. Swiss technical cooperation aimed at improving health services, support the effective management of water resources and institutional capacity-building institutions. Financial cooperation is aimed at supporting basic infrastructures in water / energy supply, private sector development and management of public finances and long-term program of humanitarian assistance involved in the management and disaster risk reduction.

Switzerland’s strategy for 2012 - 2015 in Tajikistan focuses on four priority areas: Health, Safe Drinking Water, Rule Of Law, Private Sector Development.

Economic cooperation. The Federal Government of the Swiss Confederation was one of the first governments who expressed its willingness to support the process of accession of the Republic of Tajikistan to the World Trade Organization. The first Memorandum of implementation of Swiss aid program for Tajikistan to join the WTO was signed in 2001. The program aims at practical capacity building through assistance from the specialized institutions which deal with international trade including WTO. The program provides training of specialists in different sectors. Currently the third phase of project of the Government of the Swiss Confederation for the support of the Republic of Tajikistan to join the WTO is being implemented.

The Swiss government supports the development of Tajikistan through grants which are being implemented through three components: the provision of long-term technical, financial and humanitarian assistance through international and national organizations. The projects monitoring is conducted by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan.

In general projects are being implemented in the fields of good governance, private sector and the macroeconomics, natural resources and infrastructure, health, disaster risk reduction.

Foreign trade turnover in US dollars:

In 2010 – 44.821 thousand (export – 29171.7 and import – 6423.4)
In 2011 (January-October) – 54334.6 thousand (export – 49719.8 and import – 4616.8)
In 2012 – 95708,1 thousand (export – 90583,2 and import – 5124,9)
In 2013 – total amount made out 83244,1 thousand USD dollars (export – 77004,0 and import 6240,1)
In 2014 -  total amount made out 481429,6 thousand USD dollars (export – 261837,4 and import 219592,2)

In 2015 – the total trade turnover made up 225 742,2 thousand US dollars (export – 183 843,5 and import – 41 898,7)

In 2016 (January-September) – the total amount of trade turnover made up 104 265,9 thousand US dollars (export – 98 922,3 thousand USD and import – 5 343,6 thousand USD).

Direct investments in 2010 - 3,312 million US dollars, and in 2011 (for five month) - 3,635 US dollars.

The legal framework. The legal framework currently consists of more than 10 documents.

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