In order to reduce the high level of youth unemployment (35.5%) in Albania, the SDC is supporting the expansion of the vocational training system.
For the 2009–2010 school year, the schools once again attracted around 300 students who registered for apprenticeships in heating, air conditioning and plumbing. By the end of the project
approximately 12% of all those undertaking vocational training will complete their four-year training programme in this fashion.
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Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
Improving the integration of the CIS states in international trade creates jobs. In Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, SECO is helping improve use of the producer-consumer chain, particularly in the agricultural sector. Producers of organic cotton, as well as textile, fruit and vegetable processors are advised. Financial services for the agricultural sector are being expanded and the regulatory system simplified. Those companies that received support significantly increased their competitiveness: in Tajikistan exports rose by between 5 to 15% and in Kyrgyzstan by 15 to 20%.
Cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS
Through its cooperation with Eastern Europe, Switzerland is contributing to the political and economic reform processes (transition) in the former communist states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It aims
Cooperation is concentrated on the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo) and the countries of the former Soviet Union (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan).
In cooperation with the European Union, development banks, UN organisations and other donors, Switzerland is helping governments, the private sector and civil society to master the problems caused by transition.
The SDC and SECO jointly manage the framework credit. Two-thirds of the resources committed are allocated to the SDC and one-third to SECO. The resultant programmes complement each other.
Focus of the SCD
The focus of the SDC programme is on:
Focus of the SECO
Economic reform is an important prerequisite for sustained growth and social development in transition countries. Consequently, the SECO programme focuses on:
In the years 2013–2016 Switzerland will commit a total of CHF 1.125 billion (or 9.9% of total resources) for cooperation related to transition. Around 50% of the technical and financial support will be for the benefit of the Western Balkans and 50% will be employed in the countries of the former Soviet Union.