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7 Feb 2019

Belarus, Switzerland mull over humanitarian cooperation in third countries

Belarus, Switzerland mull over humanitarian cooperation in third countries

MINSK, 7 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Switzerland are considering cooperation in humanitarian and rescue projects in third countries.  Dmitry Tkachev, the head of international cooperation at the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, met with Jean-Luc Bernasconi, the Deputy Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Head of Europe, Asia and America of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Dietrich Dreyer, Project Manager for Europe and Central Asia at the SDC, and Roland Bollin from the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Switzerland.

The delegation of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry visited Switzerland to participate in the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week.

At the meeting in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the parties also discussed Switzerland-supported promising projects on training and professional development of officers of the rescue services from third countries in Belarus. The parties have already implemented similar projects: with the support of Switzerland the center organized training courses for rescuers from Uzbekistan in 2018.

The Emergencies Ministry of Belarus has established long-standing ties with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It was with the support of the agency that the International Rescuers Training Center was established at the Institute for Retraining and Professional Development at the Emergencies Ministry in the village of Svetlaya Roscha. Rescuers from more than 50 countries have undertaken courses in the center.


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