Despite the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh strives to remain on the fast track to graduate from the least developed country (LDC) category. The impact of the pandemic has brought about additional hurdles, especially when addressing poverty alleviation, social and humanitarian development, but the Government of Bangladesh remains fully committed to take on these challenges and progress ahead.
In partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and guided by the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, the Swiss Cooperation Programme complements the support for more trade and direct foreign investments with the promotion of the Swiss key values of good governance and respect of human rights to ensure sustainability, including for economic growth. Democratic governance, human rights, quality basic services and targeted social protection of particularly vulnerable people (including the new poor, Rohingya refugees and migrant workers from Bangladesh) remain key pillars of Swiss cooperation. Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, is a new area of attention. Working with drivers of change such as women and youth, and identifying incentives for positive change, the Swiss Cooperation Programme for Bangladesh 2022-25 focuses on strengthening civil society voices and participation to provide important political and societal checks and balances, which are key for sustainability and for leaving-no-one-behind.
Because of our joint commitment to the Agenda 2030 and our 50 year-long partnership, Switzerland is well positioned to support Bangladesh’s journey to become a middle income country and reach the sustainable development goals, whilst leaving no one behind.