Ten years of development finance

09.09.2021 –  The Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM), the development finance institution of the Swiss Confederation, has marked its 10-year anniversary. Founded by SECO SIFEM provides commercially viable SMEs and fast-growing companies with expertise as well as long-term commercial financing in the form of equity and debt. Together with its co-investors, SIFEM has supported and created around 870,000 jobs to date.

Better Gold Initiative

Stronger private responsibility for responsible small-scale gold mining

06.09.2021 – SECO and the Swiss Better Gold Association have launched the third phase of the Swiss Better Gold Initiative. This public-private partnership promotes responsibly extracted gold from artisanal and small-scale mines. The new phase will scale up the initiative’s positive impacts on the ground and start a process to hand-over responsibility from the public sector to the private partner.


Go to survey

24.08.2021 -  SECO is evaluating how it provides information on economic cooperation and development. What do you think about our current work in this area? What would you like to see from us in the future? We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer 11 brief questions.  

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