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Switzerland allocates CHF 4.500.000 to Armenia for nature protection and economic development

15.04.2021 — Press release Armenia
On April 15, 2021, Switzerland launched a new development intervention to assist the Republic of Armenia in its efforts regarding nature conservation and economic development. The Government of Switzerland approved in principle a grant worth of CHF 4’500’000 for the “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project. In close cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this project will be implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as a part of a broader regional program Eco-Corridor Fund for the Caucasus (ECF).   


10 Year Anniversary of the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia

31.03.2021 — Local news Armenia
March 31, 2021, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Swiss Embassy’s ceremonial opening in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), inaugurated the Embassy during her official visit to Armenia back in 2011. However, the bilateral ties between the two countries date back even further. 


Grant Fund Aimed At Economic Recovery of Armenian Municipalities Launched

16.03.2021 — Armenia
On March 16 the Grant Fund aimed at Post-Covid economic recovery of enlarged municipalities of Armenia was launched with a kick-off workshop. The fund aims at economic empowerment of municipalities by improving market availability for businesses and cooperation with non-public institutions in the area of LED. Municipalities and public-private partnerships are eligible to apply for the Fund. The grant amount ranges from 5000 to 20.000 EUR, in exceptional cases up to 50.000 EUR. The grants are funded by the Swiss and German Governments, in the frames of the "Improvment of Local Self-Govenment Systmen in Armenia" program's second phase. 


Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2021

09.03.2021 — Local news Armenia
 “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” event held on March 9, 2021 encouraged businesses to promote Women’s Empowerment Principles and make it part of their corporate culture to enable women empowerment within the business and the communities they serve.


ThinkEQUAL Conversations 2021

09.03.2021 — Local news Armenia
This year, in the face of COVID-19 crisis, we have marked the International Women’s Day with a bitter realization of the fragility of the gains achieved over the last decades in our strive towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Modernized Administrative Services for Armenian Citizens

02.02.2021 — Article Armenia
Armenia, a mountainous country, has been consolidating its previously fragmented – and thus ineffective – municipal landscape. Newly established “Citizen Offices” serve as municipal operation hubs and are equipped with a Municipal Management Information System to enable the exchange of data. As a result, nearly half of the country’s population outside the capital, Yerevan, can now benefit from modernized, transparent and efficient access to municipal administrative services.


Switzerland Supports OSCE Anti-Corruption Efforts in Armenia

08.12.2020 — Press release Armenia
On December 1, 2020, Switzerland joined ongoing anti-corruption efforts to support the Republic of Armenia in the implementation of its reform agenda to strengthen rule of law, human rights and economic development. The Government of Switzerland approved a grant worth of EUR 374’880 in view of a two-year project “Strengthening the Anti-Corruption Committee of Armenia”, which will be implemented by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in close collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project is part of a broader OSCE program “Strengthening anti-corruption reform in Armenia”.


Switzerland and Germany to Extend Support to Municipalities of Armenia in Response to COVID-19

18.11.2020 — Press release Armenia
Early in October 2020, the Governments of Switzerland and Germany decided to extend their support to the municipalities of Armenia in addressing challenges to local economic development in times of COVID-19. In the context of the ongoing “Improvement of the local self-governance system Armenia” programme, additional funds amounting to CHF 460,000 will be committed to the municipalities for the delivery of public services to the population in a more efficient and participatory manner. 


Travel Advice

01.10.2020 — Position Armenia
The Armenian Government has issued a nationwide quarantine regime until July 11th, 2021 which keeps the hygiene and social distancing rules in place. The following measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus and will have an impact on travels:


Women vis-a-vis the Pandemic

11.09.2020 — Article Armenia
The current year of 2020 has turned out to be very unusual. It became apparent rather early that the coronavirus was not just any other infection, but the cascade of shutdowns that followed could not have been predicted. It did not take long for institutions and companies, as well as entire districts and countries, to close down one after another, until the whole world found itself in quarantine. However, against this worrying background, three women from the South Caucasus countries saw a silver lining.  


Armenia Food Security Sector - spotlight on livestock issues

24.08.2020 — Article Armenia
Livestock farming is the main economic activity for the poorest households in rural areas of Armenia. In recent years, there have been observed an existing and potentially growing market demand for milk and meat, access to credit for the farmers, as well as state assistance in animal healthcare and initiated reforms in food safety to increase competitiveness in export markets. Despite these developments, numerous problems in this area remain. Some of those problems are the lack of market access, community level veterinary services, knowledge and skills for appropriate animal care, milk and meat production, feeding practices, and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Partnering for Excellence - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Armenia 2021-2022

14.08.2020 — Article Armenia
Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), selects recipients. All disciplines taught in the mentioned Universities are accepted, except artistic disciplines.

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