Ambassador and Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) arrives in Nepal

Local news, 18.03.2019

High-level Swiss delegation visits Nepal

Within the framework of the 60 years of presence of the Swiss Cooperation in Nepal, Ambassador Mr. Manuel Sager, Director General of SDC, visits the country from 18th to 22nd March 2019. Ambassador Sager’s delegation includes Dr. Derek Müller, Head of South Asia Division, SDC.

The delegation has planned meetings on development issues with Hon'ble Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Hon’ble Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Minister of Finance; Hon'ble Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, Minister of Education, Science and Technology; with representatives of international development partners  such as the United Nation, European Union, Department for International Development (DFID); World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Germany and Norway.

Among the important activities, the delegation will visit Swiss funded projects; Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE); Safer Migration Project (SaMi); Decentralised Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Programme (DRILP); Employment Fund – Skills for Reconstruction (EF-SR) Project, and Small Irrigation Project, in and around Ramechhap.

The Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Nepal 2018-2021 foresees total disbursements in Nepal of approximately USD 130 million (equivalent to NPR. 14.7 billion) for four years and emphasises on inclusive federal state building, promote employment and income, and contribute to safer labor migration. Gender Equity and Social Inclusion, and Disaster Risk Reduction are included in Swiss programme portfolio in a cross-cutting manner and focuses its interventions mainly at the state and local levels, fostering in particular the socio-economic development of women and members of disadvantaged population groups, and building sustainable and inclusive institutions. In order to maximise the positive impact of the Swiss engagement in Nepal, Switzerland will focus its partnership at all tiers of the federal state, and with international development partners and Swiss and Nepali implementing organisations. 

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
The Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal