New Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015-2018
The results achieved in the agricultural sector are particularly promising, as agriculture is one of the few economic sectors which has grown steadily over the last few years and has the potential for attracting international investment. Thanks to comprehensive capacity building measures, Ukrainian producers were able to expand into new markets. Particularly, the export market for organic products is growing rapidly, and the innovative approach of a regional trademark has been successfully introduced in the Carpathian region of Ukraine.
Among strategic orientations and priorities for 2015–2018 such as governance and peace building, health, sustainable energy management and urban development activities in the area of economic development the private sector, and in particular SMEs, will be further strengthened through improved capacities, access to finance and a wider market outreach. Interventions to enhance the market outreach of agrarian SMEs may include strengthening the competitiveness of the latter through certified organic production, promoting exports through the definition and use of new standards as well as supporting market access via participation in international fairs.