The Minister of Government and Reform of State, Pablo Farías, received the Swiss Ambassador to Argentina, Heinrich Schellenberg. The objective of the meeting was to make progress on the work that the Swiss Foundation Es Vicis is developing with the commune of Colonia Belgrano to build houses.
The non-profit foundation Es Vicis is a Swiss non-governmental organization whose mission is to reverse the unsustainable countryside-city migratory trend in the world.
To achieve this, it develops programs with governments integrating multiple stakeholders from local civil society for housing construction and peoples' sustainable development.
The NGO selected Argentina to carry out the first pilot test for the world because it has 92% of the population living in fast-growing cities with pockets of poverty and exclusion and, at the same time, rural areas depopulated, but with high potential for economic development that lie dormant throughout the country.
Since 2014 the Swiss Foundation Es Vicis is supported by the Swiss embassy in Argentina and by several Swiss civil associations in Santa Fe, in order to explore the potential of social and economic development of 14 villages in 2 departments of the province of Santa Fe: Las Colonias and San Martín. Currently the pilot is carried out in Colonia Belgrano, for which a contract was signed to build 20 houses between the Directorate of Housing and Urbanism and the Commune of Colonia Belgrano.
In this context, it implements the program called "Welcome to my town", a program of public and private cooperation, that integrates the local and provincial government. This program offers the people the search for families who want to establish a business in the village covering the needs of the community and region; training for local entrepreneurs and accompaniment to the community within the program "Mi Town 2030" in order to oversee their own sustainable development.
Also, the families that migrate to the village are offered trainings for the development and formalization of their businesses; guide for the construction of the houses and support for the migration and integration process. Both local entrepreneurs and families are provided with soft loans for the development of their businesses and families who migrate have access to flexible loans to finance their houses.
Born in Zürich in 1964. He got his degree in law from the University of Zürich in 1988. After entering 1991 in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, he completed his diplomatic training in Mexico and Geneva. In 1993 he started working in the section of public international law in Berne. In 1998 he was transferred as first collaborator of the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok, which covers Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. From 2001, Schellenberg was first collaborator at the Swiss Embassy in Stockholm. Back in the Federal department in 2004, he served as deputy chief of the Political division VI "Swiss Abroad " and was in charge, among other things, of crisis management and travel recommendations of the Ministry.
In 2007 he was transferred to Mexico as first collaborator. From 2010 he was Consul general of Switzerland in Shanghai And, since 2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In September 2018 he assumed his new position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to the Argentine Republic.
During the activity, carried out at the House of Government of the city of Santa Fe, also participated provincial directors of Housing and Urbanism, Lucas Crivelli; and of Promotion of Associativism and Entrepreneurship, Eugenio Serafino.