The stability and prosperity of the Western Balkan countries constitute a fundamental goal of Swiss foreign and security policy. Switzerland’s engagement in the region was initiated in the 1990s, by providing humanitarian assistance and refuge for many people.
Between 1992 and 1997, Switzerland’s cooperation with Albania shifted to a full-fledged programme
supporting the transition process. Swiss cooperation has always benefited from a trusted partnership
with Albania based on mutual interests. The new Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2018-2021 is rooted in
the spirit of the agreements of cooperation between the governments of Switzerland and Albania. It represents a strong commitment to continuing support for economic, social and political transition processes in Albania, building on Switzerland’s long-term presence in the country, and earlier achievements.
Over the years, Swiss-Albanian cooperation has grown. Today, Switzerland is among the three largest bilateral cooperation partners in the country. Albania has achieved substantial progress in political and macro-economic stability. Switzerland is determined to support the country in addressing the
remaining challenges in specific sectors in line with the priorities defined by the Albanian government.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖-𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚’𝐬 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞. 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭-𝐮𝐩 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐬, 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬.
The Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2018-2021 has been developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), in close consultation with Albanian government offices and civil society partners. Both the SDC and SECO, represented by the Swiss embassy in Tirana, closely cooperate and coordinate in the implementation of their respective parts of the strategy.
We are confident that the goals and priorities set out in this strategy are particularly relevant to the sustainable development of Albania and the well-being of its people.