Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

Mission Statement

We promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. With this objective in mind, we offer the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.

Program Description

Swisscontact promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. Represented in 34 countries with over 123 projects and 1,400 employees. Swisscontact has been promoting economic, social, and environmental development since 1959. Swisscontact specializes in:
  • SME promotion
The Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) is contributing to poverty reduction through work and income generation opportunities in tourism, specifically in  strengthening institutions, structures, and processes in destination management. To this end, the project analyses tourism visitor flows in order to then offer new products and services targeted to specific tourist segments. The project is developing regional brands through marketing strategies.
  • Skills Development
–        The Pheun Than Heng A Sip (PTHAS) initiative focuses on up-skilling of entry-level workers and labour-market insertion of disadvantaged groups into the hospitality sector.  The PTHAS training comprises of over 160 training units, each designed to address the issue of low service quality in tourism and hospitality businesses. Swisscontact originally developed the programme in partnership with the Lao National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). –        The Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS) project strengthens the Integrated Vocational and Education Training (IVET) pathway and establishes Employment Support Services (ESS) in Laos.  The major focus of VTESS is to facilitate the school to work transition of early school leavers, in order to provide them with options for productive employment (wage and self-employment) and the opportunity to enrol in further education and training.

Contact Details

Contact Person:
Dyan Barutzki
Country Director:
Michael Fink
3rd floor, 108Hill Building, 49 Dongpaina, Ban Saphanthong Neua,
Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
+856 21 454148

General Info

Number of Staff

20 - 50

In Lao PDR Since


Country of Origin


Main Programs

Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP)

Start: 01/01/2013 - End: 31/12/2020

Swisscontact is applying an approach by which local actors can participate actively in developing the tourism sector with increasing flows of tourists. This approach not only considers economic, but also social and environmental factors: natural beauty is to be highlighted and protected; the local population must benefit from economic growth. Promoting the important tourism area of Champasak lies at the heart of our efforts.
Through targeted trainings, tourism SMEs will improve the quality of services they offer, thereby enhancing their competitiveness. At the same time, the project is further developing the range of available services and activities. To this we can add new products and attractions, which we develop together with our local partners. By becoming a more attractive destination, international guests will stay for longer periods and also spend more money in the process.
Marketing initiatives that consider the needs of various participants in the tourism sector constitute an important project component. Actors in the sector are empowered to reach out through the various market channels directly to target groups specifically important to them.

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Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS)

Start: 01/01/2019 - End: 01/01/2023

The Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS) project aims at vocational training
and labour market insertion of early school leavers, young disadvantaged people, 15-35 years of age, who
have completed primary but not lower secondary education. The goal is to bring these early school leavers
back into employment, self–employment, income generation or back into the education system. VTESS is a
project of the Government of the Lao PDR and the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for
Development and Cooperation. It is implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of
Labour and Social Welfare and the consortium of Swisscontact and the Lucerne University of Applied
Sciences and Arts.

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Swisscontact Laos
Vientiane Capital
Apply by: June 21, 2024
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