Book, short films on SDC’s work in Pakistan launched

Article, 26.06.2019

The Embassy of Switzerland has launched a book and six short films on the work of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan over the past 53 years.

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The book titled ‘Inspiring Moments: Switzerland in Pakistan over Decades,’ is a collection of 15 stories from different SDC projects, produced by photographer and writer Srosh Anwar. Five of these stories have been made into short films by filmmaker Kanzul Fatima Arif. An additional sixth film presents the story of the transportation of a Buddha sculpture from Pakistan to Switzerland for exhibition in Zurich. All the six films have been encapsulated in a showreel.

The cooperation between Switzerland and Pakistan dates back to 1966, when Switzerland and Pakistan signed a technical cooperation agreement. In 1975, this was supplemented by an agreement on disaster relief. Since 1977, Pakistan has been a priority country for Swiss international cooperation, with a permanent Cooperation Office in Islamabad.

In over 50 years, the SDC has successfully completed numerous development projects in partnership with governments on the local, provincial and federal levels. The SDC will complete all its projects in Pakistan by the end of 2019, a decision that was taken in view of Pakistan’s evolution into a middle-income country and the need for alternative forms of cooperation beyond classic development work.

“At this crucial time of transformation, Switzerland remains committed to its friendship and cooperation with Pakistan. We look forward to continue our collaboration through different instruments, and along exciting new pathways,” Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan Thomas Kolly said in the foreword to the book.

The book can be accessed on the following link:

Inspiring Moments: Switzerland in Pakistan over Decades (PDF, 4.5 MB)

Short films

Celebrating over 50 years of SDC in Pakistan

Sakina: student and aspiring cricketer from the suburbs of Islamabad

Disaster Risk Reduction in Chail Valley, Swat

Gul Bostan: a fruit tree nursery owner in Mingora, Swat

Aneela Naz: Deputy Superintendent of Police, Peshawar

Sachin Gul and Shams-ul-Rabbi, Birir Valley, Chitral

Colossal Buddha’s Journey from Pakistan to Switzerland

For further information, please contact: 

Ishrat Saleem 
Senior Communications Officer 
Embassy of Switzerland 
Swiss Cooperation Office in Pakistan 
Street 6, G-5/4, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad 

Tel.:  +92 51 209 88 00
Tel.:  +41 58 464 18 81 (from Switzerland) 
Fax:  +92 51 227 92 84

ishrat.saleem@eda.admin.ch