SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development division plans and implements economic and trade policy initiatives for the benefit of developing countries, transitional countries in Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the new EU member states. With roughly 500 ongoing programmes, SECO supports the integration and competitiveness of its partner countries in the South and East. Promoting sustainable trade is a key objective.
Swisscontact is an independent international development foundation with close ties to the private sector. Working in 33 countries with over 1, 100 staff, Swisscontact has been fostering economic, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly development since 1959. A core area of focus is strengthening the performance and competitiveness of SMEs through sustainable value chain interventions, improved market access, and local economic development.
This consulting firm has about 20 employees and has - for 30 years - been advising domestic and international clients from the private sector, government, non-profits, and universities around developing customised strategies, as well as implementing sustainable business practices, products and services. One of its core competencies is conceiving, organising and moderating international conferences, expert workshops and complex stakeholder processes.
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is an international development organisation and was founded in 1955 as the first Swiss private organisation in this field. Helvetas is a politically and religiously non-denominational organisation with around 43, 000 members, 40, 000 sponsors, and 15 regional groups. Helvetas has many years’ experience developing and promoting fair trade, as well as vocational education.
CBI is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Established in 1971 to facilitate market access in the Netherlands for producers and exporters, today CBI supports export promotion boards in its partner countries and offers B2B matchmaking services for importers and exporters. In 1991, CBI expanded its activities from the Netherlands to the greater EU.
The IHA helps businesses to procure raw materials and products that are normally unavailable to them in Austria, thereby indirectly promoting SME development in emerging markets and developing countries. The IHA links the business interests of Austrian importers with those of exporters in emerging markets.