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Clean, green prosperity, Swiss - SA

6 June 2017

Switzerland’s economy can be attributed to its robust and dynamic small and medium enterprise sector said Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda. She was speaking at the Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development Strategy 2017-2020 launch in Pretoria, South Africa.

Photo: Ambassador of Switzerland, Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda with participants

Switzerland and South Africa share a longstanding relationship, with over 100 Swiss businesses presently operating in South Africa. This is an indication of the tremendous importance of the Swiss - South African partnership said Ambassador Budliger Artieda.

700 million rand (52 millon Swiss Francs) set aside for the Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development Strategy (SECO) for South Africa 2017 – 2020 is aimed at inclusive green growth that will create jobs, ensure resilience and reduce disparities.
In her presentation Dovorka Shepherd, Head of SECO said that the strategy was a culmination of many stakeholder meetings around the country.

The consultation process led to 3 key objectives, an efficient and effective public sector, a competitive and inclusive economy and the development of low-carbon industry.

SECO's contribution aims to strengthen the public sector through capacitating good financial governance to deliver, maintain and support basic service delivery and create integrity and stability through functional risk and debt management.

The Swiss example shows how skills are generated through dynamic entrepreneurship and innovation. Competiveness is also significant to sustaining an inclusive economy.
Environmentally friendly economic expansion itself could inspire a new thinking in manufacturing and industrialisation that leads to clean green prosperity is a fundamental objective of the Switzerland’s country strategy for South Africa.  

This move to an economic development, away from aid assistance is recognition by the Swiss that the free market economic policy in South Africa needs as much support in order to address the historic issue of inequality and impoverishment, as did the smooth and peaceful political transition.




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