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HQ office : Bern, Switzerland
ADDRESS : Helvetiastrasse 17,
3000 Bern 6
WEBSITE : http://www.sifem.ch

SIFEMSwitzerland

Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets

SIFEM – the Swiss Development Finance Institution – was established in 2005 and joined EDFI the same year. It took over the investment portfolio of SECO (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs), which had been built up since the late 1990s. SIFEM is a Limited Liability Company (S.A.), wholly owned by the Swiss government. The shareholder rights are exercised by the Federal Council, and SECO remains in close contact with SIFEM supervisory board and Obviam, the fund management company. The task of SIFEM is to promote long-term, sustainable and broad-based growth in developing and emerging countries.

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Key Figures

Key numbers (end of 2018)

Investments

€61 million

in new annual commitments to 8 projects

€683 million

in total portfolio of 95 projects

€606 million

in investment funds

Financial instruments

80%

equity and quasi equity

20%

loans

Investment focus

SIFEM focuses exclusively on developing and emerging countries, which include the countries whose GNI per capita is below a set threshold ($7,175 per capita as of 2015) as defined by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

SIFEM invests in the sectors of manufacturing industry, transport, storage, communication, wholesale and retail trade, production of renewable energies, health and education.

Staff

25

employees