International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Green Buildings Certification Program (EDGE)

14.08.2019 - Vietnam's urban population is booming, which puts a strain on the nation's power resources. That is why IFC launched, in partnership with SECO, EDGE - a green-building certification program - in Vietnam. Since the program's launch in 2015, EDGE-certified buildings have benefitted 50'000 residents, allowing them to cut the use of 12'000 megawatt hours of energy per year.

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin in Vietnam

More and better jobs

Mid-July, Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin visited projects of the economic development cooperation in Vietnam. Among them a textile factory, which the SECO supports as part of the "Better Work" initiative. This initiative improves the working conditions of employees in companies in the clothing sector.

FactSheet Better Work


Gender equality

Equal rights means good business

14.06.2019 - The prospect of sustainable development and inclusive growth is an illusion if equal rights do not exist. All of SECO’s projects have equal opportunities for men and women as a key criterion. The SECO-backed Women Banking Champions Programme, for instance, is helping women in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia gain access to financial services.

Press releases


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Strategic focus

SECO works to achieve sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone.