SECO – Economic Cooperation and Development
The SECO Economic Cooperation and Development division implements Swiss economic and trade policy measures for the benefit of developing countries.
SECO contributes to economic growth and sustainable prosperity in its partner countries. To this end it supports the creation of reliable economic framework conditions and innovative private-sector initiatives. Together with other federal agencies, SECO also defines Switzerland’s multilateral cooperation. Finally, it has also been involved in reducing economic and social disparities in selected countries of the European Union. This contribution is part of Switzerland’s European policy.
Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)
How we work
SECO focuses on eight business lines:
• Growth-promoting economic policy
• Rules-based trade system
• Innovation-friendly business environment
• Urban development and infrastructure services
• Access to financing
• Integration in value chains
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Market-oriented skills
SECO’s activities focus on the long term. Gender equality as well as climate and resource efficiency are systematically considered.
... and why
SECO facilitates economic growth in its partner countries to create new opportunities and prospects for people. Thereby it ensures that all segments of the population benefit from such growth, and that it does not compromise the well-being of future generations. This reduces poverty and fragility. It also mitigates global risks such as economic and financial crises and climate change. Moreover, in giving people better prospects at home, SECO addresses one of the root causes of migration.
Seeking candidates mainly in
We are part of the SECO economic competence and want to shape economic development and create opportunities in a globalised world. We are committed to more and better jobs for all levels of the population. This opens up prospects, reduces poverty and inequalities. Sustainability, effectiveness and ownership guide our work.
Type of organisation
Field(s) of activity
Region(s) of operation
Number of employeesIn Switzerland:
Visit our website