Considered the last frontier of Southeast Asia, Myanmar has transitioned towards a more market-oriented economy since the opening of the country in 2011. Yet, the leapfrog needed for a sustained and inclusive economic development is challenged in particular by limited human capital, one of the underlying factors being the chronic lack of access to improved livelihood opportunities for the underprivileged working age population.    
About myanmar

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 653,290
  • Population: 54,480,044
  • Capital: Nay Pyi Taw

Swisscontact in myanmar

  • since 2013
  • 4 running projects


Trade facilitation
Myanmar-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (MYSIPP) 
MYSIPP is a project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to contribute to the establishment of an IP system in Myanmar, which is an essential component to create favourable conditions for sustainable trade. 
Initial vocational education and training
Vocational Skills Development Project
The Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) aims to improve the access of women and men from disadvantaged groups to quality vocational skills development (VSD) programs which results in employment or self-employment opportunities in the world of work.
Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs
The Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs (RISE) Platform is a USAID funded, Swisscontact implemented platform that provides business development support (BDS) services and technical assistance (TA) to companies with potential for impact in Southeast Asia. RISE aims to create impact for the base of the pyramid through providing inclusive...


Cooking in quarantine: 
VSDP Cook apprentices learn valuable skills 
Cook apprentices of the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) in Myanmar have shown that even in the face of extreme adversity there lies opportunity. Whilst thousands of jobs have been lost and every economic sector affected by the COVID-19 virus, the tourism and hospitality sector has arguably been the worst hit. Hotels, bars and restaurants have been forced to close and as a result thousands of people have lost their jobs.
Harnessing the Power of Shared Values: Linking Labutta to Markets
Linking Labutta to Markets (LLM), which was implemented by Mercy Corps and Swisscontact from 2015 to 2020 improved the performance of smallholder farmers in the rice value chain and provided diverse off-farm employment and economic opportunities for landless and other vulnerable women and men in Labutta villages. A market development approach was...
Review of Hotels' Human Resource Strategy during COVID-19 in Myanmar
In order to further understand the short- to medium-term implications of the pandemic on Myanmar’s hospitality industry - and more specifically its human resources – the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) implemented a 'Review of Hotels’ Human Resource Strategy during COVID-19 in Myanmar'.
Director South Asia
Manish Pandey

Swisscontact in Myanmar

Our work in Myanmar focuses on addressing the most critical issues impacting the local economic development through strategic partnerships with private sector, governments and local communities. We create programs that enable labour market access and provide basis for employment and income generation for disadvantaged women and men. 

Embodying sustainability at every level, we integrate in our initiatives capacity building of local actors in development and strengthening private sector engagement to leverage a unique set of connections and network. We are committed to achieving scalable solutions via market-led approaches while understanding local priorities, local context and promoting local ownership.

Swisscontact Myanmar: 
Our services
Sustainable growth, driven by an innovative private sector, adding value to underdeveloped regions and engaging disadvantaged populations as active market participants is the foundation of Swisscontact’s project work

Insights for Local Vocational Training

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Swisscontact Myanmar

437(B), Pyay Road,
(behind Summer Palace Hotel)
Kamaryut Township,
11041 Yangon