Visit of the Swiss Delegation


On 26 September the OSCE Academy received a delegation from Switzerland for an introductory visit. Mr. Claudio Tognola, Head of Eurasia Division, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Mr. Richard Chenevard, Program Manager for Central Asia, SDC, Mrs. Tessa Nerini, Deputy Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe/Central Asia/OSCE of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Swiss Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Veronique Hulmann, accompanied by Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx, head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, first had a tour around the Academy's premises, followed by a meeting with current MA students. During the meeting students introduced themselves and talked about their academic interests and why they chose to apply to the OSCE Academy. They also seized the opportunity to discuss issues related to the activities of Switzerland in the region; the role of the OSCE in the Central Asian region, including Afghanistan, as well as the role of the OSCE Academy and its further prospects. The visit concluded with a presentation about the Academy's activities, projects and plans by Director Dr. Alexander Wolters.


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