Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visits Swiss reconstruction project in Sri Lanka

Article, 18.03.2015

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visits the village of Akkarai in northern Sri Lanka, where Switzerland is supporting reconstruction efforts.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter in Akkarai listening to an explanation of the demining activities. © FDFA

On 18 March 2015, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visited the Akkarai project village in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka. Switzerland supported its reconstruction following the civil war, as part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) humanitarian reconstruction programme. In total, Switzerland is helping some 5,000 families to build houses, 20% of them are households headed by women. Thirty-five of the supported families live in the Akkarai project village.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter took part in the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Japanese city of  Sendai on 14 and 15 March 2015. He then traveled to Indonesia and subsequently to Sri Lanka for political discussions.