Archive «Hot topics» 2018

Switzerland's official development assistance in 2017

Decrease of Switzerland's official development assistance in 2017

10.04.2018 – With an official development assistance (ODA) rate of 0.46% of its gross national income (GNI), Switzerland ranked in 2017 in the top third of donor countries according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Responsible Mining Index

First Responsible Mining Index published

11.04.2018 – The first Responsible Mining Index was released in Geneva. SECO supports the index, which assesses and rates – in a transparent and independent manner – the economic, social and environmental performances of 30 state-owned and private mining companies around the globe.

Enlargement contribution

Consultation on a second Swiss contribution

28.03.2018 – The Federal Council decided to initiate the consultation procedure on a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. With this contribution, Switzerland aims to continue to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EU member states.  

Annual programme

SECO annual programme for economic cooperation and development

02.03.2018 – SECO has published its annual plans (PDF, 1 MB, 02.03.2018) for economic cooperation and development. The preparatory work for the new Message on International Cooperation 2021-24 will start in 2018. Plans are to also increase the leverage effect and reach of SECO’s interventions by strengthening partnerships. Another topic in 2018 will be to improve the efficiency of the internal processes.  


Ukraine - berries, wild collection

International Market Access for Organic Producers

13.02.2018 – The SECO promotes the trade of certified organic agricultural products and thus enables farmers in poorer countries – amongst others in Ucraine – to access international markets. From 14 to 17 February, the partners are exhibiting their products on the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food in Nuremberg.

Pamir Energy

Pamir Energy

Clean and sustainable energy from hydropower for over 200,000 people

01.02.2018 – Thanks to SECO's cooperation with international partners, over 200,000 people in a remote mountainous region in Tajikistan benefit from a functioning power grid. The quality of life has improved a lot and new perspectives have opened up.

Video Pamir Energy

Swiss Cocoa Platform


Foundation of the Association of the Swiss Cocoa Platform

24.01.2018 – On January 23, the first regular member assembly of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (PDF, 63 kB, 23.01.2018) was held in Zurich. In the future, the Platform will be functioning as an independent association – an important step to bundle the forces of Swiss companies, the civil society and the Confederation. Once more, the members reaffirmed the common goals towards more sustainability in the cocoa value chain.

World Economic Forum WEF

Bundesrat Johann N. Schneider Ammann mit Präsidenten der Entwicklungsbanken am WEF 2018

The federal councillor meets Presidents of Development Banks

24.01.2018 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann met the presidents of the development banks and high-ranking representatives of the Swiss economy at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The subject of their meeting was digitization. They discussed the existing challenges and opportunities for deeper cooperation between the Swiss private sector and the development banks.  

Social Impact Bonds

Impact Bond Konferenz vom 18. Januar 2018

New financing mechanisms in international cooperation

18.01.2018 – The UN estimates that additional funds of USD 2.5 trillion a year will be needed until 2030 to achieve its development goals. On 18 January 2018, a SECO conference in Zurich demonstrated new financing mechanisms, such as Social Impact Bonds.

Press release

Swiss Sustainable Finance

Ambassador Raymund Furrer at the Swiss Sustainable Finance Conference in January 2018

Private investment solutions for sustainable development

16.01.2018 – Swiss asset managers have a leading position in providing investment solutions that support the achievement of the sustainable development goals. This was demonstrated by an international conference held by Swiss Sustainable Finance and SECO in Zurich on 16 January. Some 240 participants informed themselves about innovative partnerships for development investments.
Press release