As a division of SECO, Economic Cooperation and Development contributes to achieving the strategic goals of Switzerland’s foreign economic policy. We plan and implement economic and trade policy measures to support developing countries as well as Eastern European countries, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the new member states of the European Union.
SECO is currently running some 500 programmes and projects that seek to help our partner countries in the South and the East integrate into the global economy and achieve a lasting improvement in their competitive standing. Our focus here is on the following:
- Strengthening of economic and financial policy
- Expansion of urban infrastructure and utilities
- Support for the private sector and entrepreneurship
- Promotion of sustainable trade
- Fostering of climate-friendly growth.
Our work in all of these areas addresses the two cross-cutting themes of economic governance and gender equality. SECO also coordinates Switzerland’s relationship with the World Bank Group, regional development banks and the various economic commissions of the United Nations.
SECO has an annual budget of some CHF 440 million for its measures. 78% of the projects subject to external evaluation are ranked as good to very good. SECO’s activities form an important component of Switzerland’s international cooperation.
More information can be found on our intranet page www.seco-cooperation.ch.