Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation visited Moldova

Local news, 09.05.2022

The Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Patricia Danzi, visited the Republic of Moldova on 5-7 May. The agenda of the visit included meetings with Moldovan officials, as well as members of civil society, experts and partners of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Moldova. 

On 5 May, Patricia Danzi had a meeting with Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița. During the meeting, the two officials exchanged views on the political, economic and social context of the Republic of Moldova, as well as on the short, medium and long-term challenges the country might face.

In addition to the security problem caused by the war in Ukraine, other challenges such as inflation were also mentioned, as well as risks to the country's food security.

The agenda of the visit also included several meetings with beneficiaries of programmes funded by the Swiss government in Moldova.

The village of Persecina in Orhei district is one of the beneficiaries of the first phase of the "Healthy Life" project. During the visit, the director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Patricia Danzi, was impressed by the results of the community and the village in the activities carried out by the members and their leaders with the support of the project.

During the visit to the Orhei Youth Centre, Patrizia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,  talked with the young people following their thematic debate on freedom of the press and fake news. Young people from Orhei founded the Young Journalists Club "Orh-Ideea", dedicated to those who want to strengthen their journalistic talent and civic spirit.

Also in Orhei, Patricia Danzi visited the Community Mental Health Centre, one of 40 mental health centres in the country, part of the "MENSANA" project, funded with the support from the Swiss Government.

In Rîșcova, Criuleni district, Patricia Danzi visited the first food industry business incubator. Katalyst Kitchen is now a certified commercial kitchen set up to stimulate innovation and creation of new products, host educational events, help small producers with cash flow, formalise economic transactions and enhance food safety. 

The initiative was also supported by the Government of Switzerland in the framework of the Optim Project - Opportunities through Technology and Innovation in Moldova - implemented by #HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.