Objective 1: Strong and accountable institutions that deliver effective public services
Under this first objective, Switzerland focuses on building strong and accountable institutions for economic and fiscal management and public service delivery. Sound economic and fiscal management and effective public services are among the basic building blocks of making economic development more resilient and inclusive through lowering vulnerability to domestic and external shocks and providing more and better public services to a wider segment of the population. This requires addressing the triple challenges of improving public financial management, strengthening the capacity of local governments and public utilities to deliver basic services and enhancing institutional capacity and accountability.
Switzerland proposes to respond to these challenges with a combination of measures. Switzerland will prioritize, on the one hand, strengthened public financial management including revenue mobilization and, on the other hand, reliable basic public services with an emphasis on integrated urban development and sustainable energy supply.
Switzerland will continue to strengthen the institutions for macroeconomic and fiscal management with an emphasis on domestic revenue mobilization at the national level and expanding it to the local level, including by enhancing accountability mechanisms for managing natural resource revenues. Switzerland will address financial and institutional weaknesses in the delivery of basic public services at the local level and complement this with efforts to promote effective fiscal decentralization and more efficient use of public resources.
Switzerland supports efforts to widen access to and improve the quality of the delivery of public services in the energy sector, in particular by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. Switzerland will focus on improving the quality of public services in urban spaces by expanding infrastructure and building the institutional capacity to plan and implement urban policies and deliver urban services.