Archive «Hot topics» 2020

World Bank Spring Meeting

Helping countries become more resilient

17.04.2020 - On 17 April 2020, State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch represented Switzerland at the virtual spring meeting of the World Bank. Switzerland supports the Bank’s package of measures to combat the global impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It is also ready to support the initiative launched by the IMF and the World Bank to temporarily suspend the debt service of the poorest countries.
Press release

International Cooperation

Federal Council adopts the strategy 2021–24

19.02.2020 - The Federal Council today adopted the dispatch on Switzerland's strategy for international cooperation 2021–24. Swiss development cooperation will become more focused, thereby enhancing its effectiveness. The SECO will focus its bilateral economic cooperation and development activities on 13 priority countries.



World Bank Group and African Development Bank


Switzerland to contribute to capital increases

19.02.2020 - Switzerland intends to contribute CHF 297 million to capital increases at the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank. The Federal Council adopted the relevant dispatch. The two banks are priority multilateral organisations in terms of Switzerland’s international cooperation, and are key actors in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly with regard to tackling poverty.

Switzerland’s international cooperation

Final report on the implementation of the Message 2017-2020

19.02.2020 - The final report on the implementation of the message on
international cooperation 2017–2020 shows that SECO is largely achieving its objectives, obtaining good results and is actively addressing difficulties.


Contribution to the enlarged EU


Programmes in Bulgaria and Romania come to a close

20.01.2020 - Over the last ten years, Switzerland supported 93 projects aimed at reducing economic and social disparities in Bulgaria and Romania.

Press release

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Luis Alberto Moreno, Präsident der Inter-Amerikanischen Entwicklungsbank (IDB) und Raymund Furrer, Leiter Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung SECO am Jahrestreffen der nicht-regionalen IDB-Mitgliedsländer im Januar 2020

Switzerland supports Colombia in the migrant aid

15.01.2020 - Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), attended the annual meeting of the non-regional IDB member countries in mid-January. Through IDB, Switzerland is currently supporting Colombia to deal with the huge influx of migrants over the past two years from Venezuela. 

IDB news release