Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate


We are committed to an open Swiss economy and safeguard the interests of our economy abroad by promoting free and fair world trade. In particular, we are responsible for:

  • the international movement of goods, non-tariff measures, trade in services, international investments and matters relating to international economic law,
  • participation in shaping free and fair world trade by taking part in the negotiations under the auspices of the WTO and by concluding free trade agreements,
  • the representation of Switzerland in multilateral economic organisations such as the WTO, EFTA, the World Bank and the OECD,
  • economic and trade policy measures in support of developing and transition countries and the new EU member states,
  • Switzerland’s bilateral economic relations with countries around the globe,
  • export controls and sanctions.

Last modification 04.02.2016

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