FACO hosts delegation from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at Abu Dhabi headquarters

Published October 15th, 2009 - 03:36 GMT

The UAE Foreign Aid Coordination Office (FACO) hosted a delegation from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Welcomed by Sultan Al Shamsi, Executive Director of FACO, the Swiss delegation included Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, Ambassador - Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland Abu Dhabi, Barbara Datwyler Scheuer, Head of Division, Europe Mediterranean Region E/MM, and SDC Rene Holenstein, Head of Multilateral Affairs Division.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss areas of cooperation between FACO and SDC, as well as a potential joint venture leveraging the developmental objectives of the two organizations. During the meeting, both FACO and SDC presented their agencies’ work with the objective of identifying areas of common interest and opportunities for collaboration.
“A key objective of FACO is to enhance the UAE’s relationship with other international donor countries and share best practices among regional and international organizations focused on meeting the needs of challenged communities. The SDC and FACO share certain broad developmental objectives, and the recent visit of the Swiss delegation has brought to the forefront several potential opportunities for cooperation between the two organizations,” said Al Shamsi.
FACO was set up earlier this year by the UAE government to support and coordinate UAE-based donor organizations that provide assistance for humanitarian activities and emergency relief worldwide. FACO engages in documenting foreign aid activities by UAE donor organizations, conducting analysis and research on the sector, coordinating relief efforts to maximize efficiency, developing and recommending policies and building the individual and organizational capacities of humanitarian players, with the objective of raising the UAE’s profile as a donor country involved in  shaping the international humanitarian agenda.
Organized and funded by the Swiss government, the SDC primarily focuses on improving access to education and basic health care, promoting environmental health, encouraging economic and governmental autonomy, and improving equity in labor, with programs concentrated in 16 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia. The SDC provides services through direct operations, by supporting the programs of multilateral organizations, and by co-financing and making financial contributions to the programs of both Swiss and international private assistance agencies.

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