Peace, social cohesion and prosperity constitute an essential aim of Swiss foreign policy in Central Asia, Switzerland’s engagement in the region began in the 1990s when Uzbekistan and three other Central Asian States joined the Swiss-led voting groups at the World Bank (WB), international Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This marked the beginning of Switzerland’s engagement in the region, which has expanded ever since.
The new Swiss Cooperation Programme 2022–2025 for Central Asia was jointly elaborated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It reaffirms Switzerland’s continued commitment to Central Asia. Switzerland will build on its past achievements and wants to make an effective contribution to the region’s development pathways.
The programme 2022–2025 is focusing on three areas:
- Water, Infrastructure, and Climate Change
- Governance, Human Rights, and Service Delivery
- Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Development