South Africa

Swisscontact's impactful initiatives in South Africa stand as a testament to our unwavering commitment to fostering sustainable economic development. Through strategic interventions, we have empowered individuals with essential skills, elevated the competitiveness of businesses, and created an enabling environment for prosperity. Our dedicated efforts have not only improved the quality of life but have also exemplified the efficacy of private sector-led approaches in driving positive change in the region.
South africa


  • Area: 1.221.037 km²
  • Population: 60 million
  • Capital: Pretoria


Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...

South Africa faces multifaceted development challenges that impact its socio-economic landscape. Persistent issues include high levels of inequality, stemming from historical legacies of apartheid, which have left a significant portion of the population marginalized. Unemployment, particularly among the youth, remains a pressing concern, hindering inclusive growth. Additionally, inadequate access to quality education and healthcare exacerbates social disparities. The country also grapples with governance issues, corruption, and political instability, affecting public trust and hindering effective policy implementation. Environmental concerns, such as water scarcity and climate change, further strain resources. Despite progress, addressing these challenges requires comprehensive and sustained efforts to foster inclusive and sustainable development and create opportunities for all South Africans.

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SIPPO Swiss Import Promotion Programme

Anna G. Reyneke


Ken Duncan

Country Representative South Africa