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Switzerland launches reform project - CHF 7’130’000 for the modernization of Vocational Education System in Agriculture of Armenia

03.12.2021 — Armenia
On December 3, 2021, Switzerland launches a long-term development project to assist Armenia in its efforts of modernizing its Vocational Education System in agriculture. The Swiss Development Cooperation approved in principle a support program to Armenia with a total amount of CHF 7’130’000. The project is carried by a unique alliance of international and local development actors, as well as public and private sectors, which will also mobilize additional funds. The reform will be implemented by the Swiss NGO HEKS, the Armenian NGO SDA as well as the German Corporation for International Cooperation GIZ, under the overall coordination of the Government of Armenia.


New one-stop-shop Citizen Office opens its doors to the community of Spitak

09.11.2021 — Armenia

Established by the GIZ, in the frames of a Swiss and German funded development project, the Citizen Office in Spitak will provide high quality services to the citizens in accordance with the "one-stop shop" principle, increase the efficiency and transparency of the work of the municipality, facilitate the administrative processes in the municipalities. So far, 51 Citizen Offices have been established in Armenia. 

 


Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy to Armenia received by the Chairman of the RA Anti-Corruption Committee

28.10.2021 — Article Armenia
On October 27, 2021, the Chairman of the RA Anti-Corruption Committee Sasun Khachatryan received the Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy to Armenia Werner Thut. To-date progress and future work of the program funded by Switzerland for the Anti-Corruption Committee were discussed. Mr. Thut was accompanied by Sergey Hovhannisyan, Senior National Program Officer, and Carl Ulbricht, Project Advisor. 


Switzerland supports lessons learned processes of the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia

10.09.2021 — Article Armenia
Following June 2021 parliamentary elections, on September 10, 2021, UNDP, in partnership with Central Electoral Commission of Armenia (CEC), presented the results of a series of lessons learned exercises, aimed at discussing post-election activities and long-term planning. The exercises were organized by the CEC, in partnership with the Electoral Support Project in Armenia – 3 implemented by the UNDP and co-financed by Switzerland, the European Union, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Syunik Animal Market: transforming lighthouse development project into a social enterprise

23.08.2021 — Article Armenia
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation transforms one of its development projects in Armenia into a social enterprise. With the completion of the “Livestock Development in Armenia” program, the SDC shifts the ownership of the Syunik Animal Market SAM, giving it a change of function and a business perspective. With an additional contribution amounting to CHF 250’000 of financial support, the SDC renews and confirms the core principles of the SAM. 


Partnering for Excellence - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Armenia 2022-2023

04.08.2021 — 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.



“Women Empowerment Principles” signing ceremony

07.07.2021 — Article Armenia
11 private Armenian companies signed a joint statement on the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) established by the UN, on July 6, 2021, at the Best Western Plus Congress Hotel. Started in 2010 as a joint initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact, the WEPs initiative aims to promote the empowerment of women and girls in the community, business and the workplace.


Switzerland's candidature for the UN Security Council

29.06.2021 — Armenia
The countdown is on! Switzerland is a candidate for a seat in the next election to the UNSC in June 2022. Switzerland is #APlusForPeace, a plus for humanity, for sustainable development, for multilateralism and for innovation!


Call for proposals

28.06.2021 — Press release Armenia
The Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus is calling for proposals by Non-Governmental Organizations - NGOs (CSOs and foundations registered in Armenia; academia) to strengthen the civil society, to widen the civic space, as well as to deepen and expand knowledge in the priority areas of media, environment and migration. 


“My experience in Switzerland & My experience in Armenia” cross-country experience exchange online webinar for students

11.06.2021 — Article Armenia
Swiss-Armenian exchange in international studies, research and internship has accumulated a number of interesting experiences that we would like to share with students and young scholars.  By becoming a part of this lively exchange participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities of studying and working in Armenia and Switzerland. Participants will be introduced to the procedure of applying for the Swiss government excellence scholarship (ESKAS) and will have the opportunity to directly refer their questions to the fellows.


Switzerland Supports Democracy through Fair Elections in Armenia

10.06.2021 — Press release Armenia
On June 10, 2021, Switzerland decided to assist the Republic of Armenia in further enhancing its electoral system and strengthening democracy, rule of law and human rights in the country. The Government of Switzerland approved a grant worth of CHF 300’000 in view of a project, which will be implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This Swiss intervention is part of a broader UNDP Electoral Support Project in Armenia, which strives to encourage the authorities and participants to ensure that the pre-term parliamentary elections on 20 June meet or exceed the high standards set in 2018. 

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