Swiss firms help build professional skills in Africa

Swiss firms help build professional skills in Africa

Knowledge transfer is said to be in the DNA of European companies. And it is no secret that the Swiss have made vocational training central to their diplomatic and business culture. This, many would like to believe, spells good news for the African continent with its rapidly expanding and increasingly ambitious young population. 

Business leaders and diplomats met during the opening of Africa Business Day, held in Zug last month, where attended Nicolas Crettenand, Managing Director of Glosya Infrastructures.

The day’s theme, “Overcoming the infrastructure gap in Africa”, demanded continuous recognition of the educational needs of a continent that by 2035 will be half urbanised and boast a population of 1.8 billion, most under the age of 21. In that context, globalization offers a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities. Climate change clouds the picture.

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Source of article: swissinfo.ch
The Swiss Governement wants to redirect development aid

The Swiss Governement wants to redirect development aid

Consistent with its mission and values, GLOSYA welcomes the initiative of Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis to redirect Swiss development aid. In the future, the aid of CHF 11.4 billion is mainly intended to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation.

According to NZZ am Sontag, Switzerland intends in the future to strengthen its cooperation with the private sector, new technologies and the fight against climate change. This is in all respects with GLOSYA’s vision, which also highlights the fact that sub-Saharan Africa remains a priority region. Read the article (in German) here.  
Source : RTS & NZZ am Sontag Photo: © RTS

AFRICA, AN ELDORADO FOR SWITZERLAND ?

Does Africa represent a potential Eldorado for Switzerland? Leaving aside the simplistic and somewhat inelegant formulation of the question, the answer must be a resounding yes. Indeed, there a so many potential synergies and areas of complementarity between the vast continent and tiny European state that it can only make eminent sense to bring them together with a view to multiplying the mutual benefits.

In many ways, Africa has been a victim of its own wealth. Perversely, its natural mineral and other riches became the source of its problems. In other words, it can now strongly be argued that what is in abundance in one of the two regions is precisely what is deficient in the other. We can …

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