After a week full of exciting discussions and new impressions our study trip is coming to an end. On a cold and rainy summer morning in Bern we were welcomed in SECO/ WEMU with warm coffee and croissants.

Main entrance SECO

SECO is a government organisation focusing on ensuring sustainable economic growth by putting the necessary regulatory and economic policy conditions and frameworks in place and acts as an interface between business, social partners and the government.

After the warm greeting we had the pleasure to meet Jürg Vollenweider who is responsible for Macroeconomic Support of partnering countries within SECO. He introduced us to WE/WEMU, Economic Framework Conditions for Sustainable Development and providing strategical macroeconomic support to partner countries.

The next session was led by Jennifer Anthamatten who is a Program Manager South Africa working in Macroeconomic Support Unit. She presented an evidence-based approach called PEFA. Last but not least we had the chance to gain more insights of the exciting work of Carlos Orjales who is providing macroeconomic support in Peru together with his team.

After the sessions we gathered outside the building for a debriefing and feedback round. We reflected on the insightful presentations and events of the week and appreaciated the chance to have some insights of the daily work in public and non-profit management and inspiration for our future careers.

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