Ms. Suzanne Mueller, the Chargée d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh states, ’Having a more skilled workforce is only part of the solution for SMEs. Currently, survival and recovery are their top priorities. Through programmes, like B-SkillFUL, Switzerland will support the domestic economy, as it tackles the challenges, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total Swiss contribution to the B-SkillFUL programme currently stands at around CHF 13.5 million.’
Through its agency for international cooperation, SDC, Switzerland’s overall goal in Bangladesh is to bring about a more equitable society that enjoys inclusive and sustainable growth, aligned with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. Within the framework of its international cooperation for the period 2018-21, Switzerland focuses on its engagement on economic development, more efficient local government and better protection for migrant workers. Swisscontact is a Swiss NGO working globally to implement international development programmes to promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.