Egypt plays a critical role for peace and stability in the MENA region. It is a key partner of Switzerland in the South Mediterranean area. During the last 40 years of bilateral cooperation, Switzerland and Egypt have developed strong ties based on mutual interests and trust.

The cooperation programme for the period 2021-2024 underlines Switzerland’s long-term commitment to Egypt and the Egyptian population. It aims at fostering growth and job creation by supporting the country’s structural reforms and private sector. The promotion of human rights, citizen participation, transparency and accountability remain at the core of Switzerland’s engagement in Egypt. The present programme is aligned with the relevant strategic frameworks of the Swiss government and the development priorities of Egypt. It dedicates an increased focus on gender equality, skills development, the development of a greener economy and sustainable urbanisation.