SECO - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Economic Cooperation and Development
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The Economic Cooperation and Development Division at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is responsible for the planning and implementation of economic and trade policy measures with developing countries (economic development cooperation, the States of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (transition aid), and the new member States of the European Union (contribution to the EU enlargement). SECO is also responsible for coordinating Switzerland’s relations with the World Bank Group, the regional development banks and the economic organisations of the United Nations.
SECO has two main objectives: to support the integration of partner countries into the global economy, and to promote their sustainable economic growth, thus contributing to poverty reduction. In order to do this, SECO intervenes principally to promote stable economic framework conditions, to strengthen competitiveness and to support trade diversification, to mobilise Swiss and foreign investment and to improve the basic infrastructure. Particular attention is paid to questions concerning economic governance, the climate, energy and the environmental issues.