President Kiir, Swiss President Alain Berset Strengthen Bilateral Ties with a Focus on Sustainable Development
President Kiir of South Sudan and Swiss President Alain Berset met at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations and promote cooperative growth.
The meeting underscored the two leaders’ firm commitment to realizing the aspirations of their respective populations by prioritizing sustainable development and prosperity.
Switzerland’s longstanding relationship with South Sudan, which predates the country’s independence, came into the spotlight during the discussions. Since the 1980s, Switzerland has actively participated in humanitarian activities in the region, particularly in the then Southern Sudan.
However, officials confirm that Switzerland has now intensified this partnership, expanding its commitment to development cooperation in multiple sectors.
Highlighting the historic ties between Switzerland and South Sudan, the meeting emphasized the need for continued collaboration and mutual support. President Kiir and President Berset expressed a shared vision for strengthening economic partnerships, leveraging Switzerland’s expertise, and fostering sustainable development in South Sudan.
The discussions focused on various sectors where Switzerland can contribute to South Sudan’s growth.
These may include infrastructure development, resource management, capacity building, and socio-economic empowerment programs. By leveraging Switzerland’s experience and expertise, both presidents aim to tackle existing challenges, such as poverty reduction, job creation, and ensuring access to basic services for all citizens.
President Kiir praised Switzerland for its steadfast commitment to humanitarian aid and stressed the importance of expanding the partnership towards long-term development cooperation. He expressed his gratitude for Switzerland’s continued support and willingness to assist South Sudan in achieving its developmental goals.
President Berset reaffirmed Switzerland’s commitment to fostering sustainable development in South Sudan. He emphasized the importance of long-term investments, knowledge sharing, and capacity building to drive positive change.