Traditionally, Colombia has enjoyed significant economic growth, accompanied by important economic and social stability. Nevertheless, many economic sectors still require greater competitiveness to improve their access to local, national and international markets. In order to contribute to the country's sustainable and inclusive growth, we focus our work on improving competitiveness and internationalisation, particularly in the value chains of cocoa, coffee, natural ingredients, tourism, fruits, among others. We apply a market systems and landscape development approach and facilitate our projects in a multi-stakeholder ecosystem at all levels.

Facts and figures

  • Area: 1,141,748 km²
  • Population: 48,300,000
  • Capital: Bogotá

Swisscontact in Colombia

  • since 2010


Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Colombia + Competitiva - Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Private Sector
The Programme aims to support Colombia in its systematic efforts to improve the competitiveness of its private sector in the framework of the National System of Competitiveness, Science, Technology and Innovation and its Productive Development Policy.
"Colombia + Competitiva" follows a programmatic and systemic approach with clear ownership of the...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru
Green cities
Climate and Clean Air project in Latin American Cities Plus (CALAC+)
The Paris Climate Agreement adopted in December 2015 provides a clear signal from countries towards reducing emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts within the transport sector.Thanks to its management and technical expertise, Switzerland contributes significantly to the transformation of cleaner transport in Latin American cities,...
Sustainable tourism
Promoting Sustainable Nature Tourism
The project aims to utilise nature tourism in order to generate alternative income for local communities and mitigate deforestation and conserve biodiversity in the Santa Marta region.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Colombian Specialty Cocoa for the Swiss Sustainable Market (Cacao+Sostenible)
The project aims at triggering systemic changes and generate environmental, economic, and social impact in producer families and throughout the value chain by fostering innovations and services to adopt long-term commercial relationships between producers and consumers and to fulfill international sustainability and quality requirements. It...


Trade, Sustainable tourism
Protecting and promoting cultural heritage
This World Intellectual Property Day, we emphasise our commitment to the protection of cultural and social heritage, recognising creativity in production, protecting and promoting knowledge.
Peru, Jordan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico
Green cities
Selecting and understanding green sectors
In this blog by the Springfield Centre, Kate Fogelberg shares insights on how to meaningfully integrate a response to climate constraints and opportunities throughout a development programme's life.
Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico
Green cities
How a cost-benefit analysis can help reduce emissions in the transport sector
One of the greatest challenges in formulating public policies is to transform technical information into practical inputs that enable to put in place strategies for emission reduction. The Cost Benefit Analysis tool developed by the CALAC+ programme makes it possible to evaluate different scenarios so that countries can decide which are the most advantageous economic and health measures to be adopted. 
Representante en Colombia
Sven Gehlhaar

Swisscontact in Colombia

Swisscontact has been working in Colombia since 2010. We have implemented programs and projects aimed at inclusive economic, social and environmental development, through the following lines of work: 

  • Competitiveness 
  • Internationalisation 
  • Improvement of housing conditions in informal settlements 
  • Strengthening of value chains (specialty cacao, sustainable tourism, natural ingredients for cosmetics, sustainable construction) 
  • Opportunities for the vulnerable population (demobilised population) 
  • Energy efficiency 

In recent years, Swisscontact has established a solid network of public and private partners and a strong coordination with different international cooperation organizations. Based on this, we have implemented interventions at different levels: from public policies for innovation, competitiveness and quality of the capacity development system; to supporting value chains at the subnational level and improving the quality of life of the population at risk. 


Swisscontact Colombia
Dirección: Carrera 48 # 93-51 (Barrio La Castellana)