Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions

Woman on a farm in Latvia
In Latvia, which has been hard hit by the global financial crisis, a programme of microcredits has created or saved about 2,500 jobs. © SECO SECO

Switzerland supports projects with CHF 333 million in its partner countries. They support economic growth and improve working conditions. This is also in Switzerland's interest as the Swiss export industry profits from developing the Eastern European growth markets and the increasing spending power in the partner countries.

The projects are extremely varied and range from supporting structurally weak regions in South-East Poland and the implementation of a dual vocational training system in Slovakia to scholarships for young scientists from the new EU member states. The enlargement contribution also finances small company loans and thus contributes to the creation and preservation of numerous jobs. It also strengthens companies' social responsibility and tourism in structurally weak regions and improves the application of international financial reporting and auditing standards, which increases investors' willingness to invest and helps to prevent financial crises.

Results

Results in target area Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions. © SECO/SDC