SECO - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
SECO is an administrative unit of the Swiss government attached to the Federal Department for Economic Affairs established in 2000. In terms of domestic policy, SECO acts as an interface between business, social partners and economic policy. It supports the regionally and structurally balanced development of the economy and ensures the protection of employees. SECO contributes to the prevention and tackling of unemployment and thereby to the upholding of social peace. A further concern for SECO is to provide support for competitive conditions for Switzerland as a location for business. SECO also helps to assure access to all markets for Swiss goods and services.
In terms of foreign trade policy, SECO is active in the shaping of efficient, fair and transparent rules for the world economy. SECO represents Switzerland in the large multilateral trade organisations as well as in international negotiations.