Festive launch of the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy

Local news, 07.06.2017

Switzerland marked the 25th anniversary of its cooperation programme in Macedonia and announced its commitment to pursue development activities in Macedonia for another four years at a festive event attended by a great number of partners and friends.

Ambassador Sybille Suter, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and Deputy Head of Cooperation Stéphane Tomagian at the Launch of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, Members of the Parliament, Government officials, Mayors as well as representatives of civil society organizations, the private sector, and the international community were among the guests of this event organized on the 31st of May 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje.

The event started kicked off with music, when Vincent Kessi, a young Swiss musician, played on an alpine horn, progressively blending with the Macedonian band Foltin. Their shared performance illustrated best how cooperation across cultures can give rise to new, inspiring moments.

In her speech, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Macedonia, Sybille Suter, expressed her eagerness to work on the implementation of the Swiss programme with local and central authorities. After reviewing some of the key results of the past programme, Ambassador Suter presented the focus of the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020. Beneficiaries of the Swiss development activities in Macedonia were put centre stage through the unveiling of a new video, in which some of them explained in a very personal way how their lives changed as the result of Swiss support.

Beneficiaries were also present through inspiring photos exhibited at the event. Commissioned by the Embassy of Switzerland in Macedonia, the renowned Swiss photographer Beat Schweizer made a series of portraits of beneficiaries in the context of their daily lives, taken during his stay in Macedonia in April and May 2017.

The video presenting beneficiaries of the Swiss development activities in Macedonia can be seen at the following link