Mark Herkenrath, officer responsible for the «International finance and taxation policy» programme, Alliance Sud
«Our members have programmes and projects across many regions of the world. They understand the needs of these countries and keep us informed accordingly. As an association, we try to ensure that these needs are heard in Switzerland, in parliament, in the public arena, and, if at all possible, in discussions to define the post-2015 agenda.
We have observed, for example, that the more a country is subject to fraudulent flights of capital, the more money needs to be injected into that country in the form of cooperation and development. This is a scandal! Thus It is Switzerland's duty to monitor this kind of tax evasion more closely and to keep an eye on the assets of politically exposed persons. Financing the fight against climate change is also a central issue we should like to promote.
Cooperation, as it will be defined in the post-2015 agenda, should focus clearly on the battle against poverty and promoting empowerment, so that individuals have access to their own resources to deal with social problems.
Switzerland, in turn, must understand that its climate and economic policies have a major impact on developing nations. This means that its actions must be consistent. To this end, I hope that the SDC will be viewed as a point of reference in these discussions and that it can offer its expertise, even though political challenges are not directly part of its mandate.»