Dear citizens of Kyrgyzstan, dear Swiss citizens, dear friends of Switzerland,
I would like to personally welcome you to the website of the Swiss Embassy in Bishkek.
Since I arrived in Kyrgyzstan in September 2017, I have had the pleasure to discover the beauties of the country and to experience the outstanding kindness of its people. If you do not know this country yet, I invite you to come to discover its magnificent mountains, its cultural diversity and to meet its dynamic business community.
My goal as the Swiss Ambassador in the Kyrgyz Republic is to enhance bilateral relations between our two countries and our people. In spring 2018, bilateral political consultations took place in Berne, they were followed by a visit of the Swiss Minister of Economy to Bishkek in July 2018. Our minister was accompanied by a large delegation of Swiss business representatives.
The Swiss Embassy has a consular department issuing biometric Schengen visas to Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, France and Finland. Our consular team is committed to provide quality and timely services to its clients.
The Swiss Embassy is supported cultural events in Kyrgyzstan promoting diversity and intercultural exchange. Among others, we sponsored the Bishkek Jazz Festival, co-organized with the French Embassy the Week of the Francophonie and supported the Human Rights Film festival.
Switzerland has a large development program in Kyrgyzstan (21 million US in 2018) and is active in the field of health, private sector development and job creation, water management and water supply, governance and decentralization. In 2018, several new projects were developed among others managing non-communicable diseases, improving access to finance for small and micro enterprises, developing agribusiness value chains in the region of Jalal Abad and Osh, and developing the water supply network in Karakol and improving national skills and competences for sustainable winter tourism.
Over the last 25 years, jointly with the governments and our partners, Switzerland has been able to successfully support the development reform agenda, to improve access to quality public services in particular at the municipal level, to improve the business climate and to support the national budget for health. However, Kyrgyzstan remains a poor country and several development challenges still have to be overcome to unleash its full economic and development potential. This is why Switzerland is committed to continue supporting the efforts of the government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals which seek to improve the life of its citizens, to promote democracy and human rights.
I encourage you to consult our website which will provide you with more detailed information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The team of the Embassy will be happy to assist you.
Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic