Archive «Hot topics» 2021
New postion paper
10.05.2021 - A good job is the most effective means to fight poverty and inequality. Those who have a job in their country and earn a decent income have prospects for the future and less pressure to migrate. SECO supports responsible and competitive entrepreneurship in its partner countries. A new position paper shows where it approaches the issue and how its projects and programmes work.
Swiss official development assistance (ODA)
25.02.2021 – In 2020, Swiss ODA amounted to 3,343 billion Swiss francs, 263 million francs more than in 2019. As a share of gross national income, Swiss ODA totalled 0.48 percent. In international comparison of the 29 member states of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, Switzerland ranked 9th in 2020.
Spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank Group
04.09.2021 – A the spring meeting, the measures introduced by the World Bank Group to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and promote a green, resilient and inclusive economic recovery will be discussed. Switzerland supports this comprehensive approach. It is important to work with partners and adhere to strict environmental, social and governance standards.
Voluntary Sustainability Standards
07.04.2021 – A new Position Paper highlights SECO’s role in driving impacts in global value chains through sustainability standards. Against pressing global challenges linked to climate change, biodiversity loss and poverty, the paper elucidates new trends, analyzes the increasing interlinkages between government regulations and voluntary market-based standards and points at future priorities of SECO’s cooperation.
Rules-based trade system
03.03.2021 - SECO creates favourable framework conditions for international trade. These increase the chances of developing countries on overseas markets. On 25 March 2021, a virtual event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the World Trade Organisation and the European Free Trade Association, in partnership with the International Trade Centre , will show ways in which companies can use digital tools to provide access to promising markets.
Economic cooperation program Indonesia
04.02.2021 - SECO is committed to ensuring the production of palm oil in Indonesia in a manner that is both environmentally friendly and socially responsible. Together with the UNDP, SECO fosters dialogue among all relevant stakeholders. This has resulted in an action plan for sustainable palm oil. With the Sustainable Trade Initiative, SECO is also working to achieve greater sustainability in palm oil supply chains.
International cooperation strategy 2021–2024
01.01.2021 - Switzerland’s new strategy for international cooperation came into force at the beginning of January 2021. SECO will focus on promoting reliable framework conditions and private-sector initiatives in its partner countries. With Swiss expertise and innovative approaches, it aims to facilitate economic growth and sustainable prosperity.
01.01.2021 - SECO has renewed its website. Discover for instance the new multimedia stories. These show how SECO is committed to reducing poverty and addressing global challenges.