Swiss Development Cooperation in Vietnam
Swiss Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam was initiated in 1992 and supported the country successfully in its development for over 25 years. Until recently two Swiss government agencies were active in Vietnam with a bilateral development cooperation program: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs SECO. Due to Vietnam’s rapid socio-economic development over the past two decades, including its remarkable success in poverty alleviation and the recently achieved middle-income country status, SDC has closed its bilateral poverty reduction and governance programme by the end of 2016.
At the same time SECO continues its engagement in the area of economic development cooperation for the timeframe 2017-2020. Vietnam benefits from a significant number of programmes in this area through indicatively foreseen commitments of CHF 80 million of ODA grants. This represents a solid basis for continuing the longstanding and successful collaboration between the two countries in the coming years.