East Asia Division

Mongolia and the countries of the Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar) are the priority areas of the East Asia Division, which is also present and China. To strengthen its cooperation in fragile contexts, Switzerland opened an embassy in Myanmar in 2012. The East Asia Division is working to reduce inequalities, promote human rights and support the processes of democratisation currently under way. It is involved in the areas of local governance and decentralisation, agriculture and food security, public health and vocational education and training. It also coordinates Switzerland’s work with the Asian Development Bank, a major multilateral partner in the region for the SDC. The development effectiveness advisor, who is part of the East Asia Division, follows and coordinates for Switzerland international processes for strengthening the impact of international cooperation between partner countries and donors.