Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
- SME promotion
- Skills Development
Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP)
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.
Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS)
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.