The Swiss Programs, the Decentralization and Local Development Program (dldp) and Risi Albania, two projects implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and funded by the Swiss Government signed on 23 March the cooperation agreements with the Albanian Government on local government and economic development worth about 8.2 million euros.
Deputy Prime Minister Senida Mesi (also a former member of the Women in Politics’ Network, supported by dldp) welcomed today Mrs. Ruth Huber, Head of the Department for Co-operation with Eastern Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
These two projects are the continuation of the previous phases of the Swiss support for Albania, where the dldp is in its exit phase.
After signing the two agreements, in her greeting speech, Mesi stressed Albania’s long-term cooperation, more than 25 years with the Swiss Government. She focused on the two projects, considering them as very important and underlining the fact that in the previous phases they have proved very successful.
With regard to the Program for Decentralization and Local Development (dldp), Messi expressed the consideration that this project, although in its exit phase, will further contribute to the strengthening of local governance. She also welcomed the launch of a new project in this regard – Strong Municipalities.
Expressing special gratitude for the recently introduced Strategy of the Swiss Cooperation in Albania for 2018-2021, Mesi stressed that long-term cooperation between the two countries is a clear evidence that the Swiss Government is precisely there to help and support Albania in all its initiatives and the latest one is fully committed to meet the objectives.
While, the Swiss official, Ruth Huber congratulated the reforms Albania has undertaken so far through Swiss and international support such as the Territorial and Administrative Reform. “At the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), we are always happy to join forces and efforts with friendly governments. Moreover, Albania is for us one of the 4 priority countries”, she said.
Two week ago, it was launched the Strategy of the Swiss Cooperation in Albania for 2018-2021, which foresees the support for our country in 4 main areas: democratic governance, economic development and employment, health, infrastructure and energy.
The signed bilateral agreements are the first concrete examples of projects included in the Swiss support strategy.