Hands of a woman who is working on a mosaic.
Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation 2017. © DEZA

12:00 Doors open
Registration – refreshments – visit partner exhibitions

13:00 Start of conference
Welcome address – Manuel Sager, SDC Director General

13:15 Opening speech
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann

13:35 Panel discussion
Basic and vocational education and training as a doorway to employment
Access to improved incomes in Burkina Faso

  • Issa Compaoré, secretary for employment and vocational education at the Conseil National du Patronat Burkinabè, Burkina Faso
  • Ambroise Tapsoba, Programme Officer, Burkina Faso, SDC
  • Sylvain Simporé, mason, Burkina Faso

14:05 Panel discussion
Vocational qualifications to meet different needs
Nepal at the intersection of social, economic and migration challenges

  • Barbara Weyermann, Programme Officer, Nepal, SDC
  • Khem Lakai, founder of GATE (Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education)
  • Markus Reisle, Head of Global Programme Migration and Development, SDC

14:45 Break

15:25 Keynote speech
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, managing director of the World Bank 2007–2011

15:45 Panel discussion
An ecosystem for entrepreneurship
The Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme in Peru

  • Javier Salinas, Director 'Emprende UP', Programme Accelerator, Peru
  • Charlotte Ducrot, Swisscontact, Programme Implementer, Peru
  • Liliana de Sà Kirchknopf, Head of Private Sector Promotion, SECO

16:15 Closing debate
Swiss development cooperation: vocational education and training creates prospects

  • Isabelle Chevalley, member of the National Council, Vaud
  • Carlo Sommaruga, member of the National Council, Geneva
  • Thomas Greminger, SDC Deputy Director General
  • Raymund Furrer, Head of SECO Economic Cooperation and Development

17:00 Networking drinks reception