World Development Report 2020

How can Global Value Chains contribute to development?

11.10.2019 - In collaboration with SECO, the World Bank will present its yearly flagship report in Bern on 18 November. The World Development Report 2020 examines how Global Value Chains contribute to poverty reduction, it confirms trade as an engine for development and highlights new challenges.
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Swiss-Egyptian cooperation

Egyptian on a market while shopping

Celebration of 40 years of development cooperation

08.10.2019 - 1979 Switzerland and Egypt concluded a partnership to stimulate economic cooperation and investments. Today, Switzerland’s development projects have expanded greatly to activities in the fields of empowerment of civil society, inclusive sustainable economic growth and employment, as well as migration and protection. Video: 40 years of development cooperation with Egypt

Indonesia Urbanization Flagship Report

Urbanisation Flagship Report Indonesia

Time to Act: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential

03.10.2019 - With the financial backing of SECO, the World Bank has finalized the Indonesia Urbanization Flagship Report. It concludes that institutional reforms and policies are needed now, so that cities can realize their full potential for prosperity and inclusiveness in Indonesia. SECO continues to work with the Indonesian Government to tackle these challenges through the Sustainable Urbanization Trust Fund.

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