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SIFEM Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets

Promoting entrepreneurial initiative to fight poverty

The Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) is the development finance institution of the Swiss Confederation and a cornerstone of Swiss development cooperation. SIFEM‘s mission is to promote long-term, sustainable and broad-based growth in developing and emerging countries.

Successful entrepreneurial activity creates quality employment opportunities and promotes knowledge transfer. This enables developing and emerging countries to overcome poverty on a sustainable basis by drawing on their own resources and merits.

SIFEM supports enterprises in its partner countries by making capital and loans available and providing knowledge to professionalize business management. In addition, as a responsible investor, SIFEM encourages fair working conditions, environmentally friendly production standards and integrity in business practices.

SIFEM is advised by Obviam, a privately owned advisory group.
25.02.2015 - SIFEM supports the development of the mezzanine asset class in Sub-Saharan Africa by investing USD 12m to the Vantage Mezzanine Fund III.

31.12.2014 - SIFEM extends a USD 10m subordinated loan to AccessBank Azerbaijan to support the sustained growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in Azerbaijan.

31.12.2014 - SIFEM supports the development of credit markets in Sub-Saharan Africa by committing USD 12m to the Investec Africa Credit Opportunities Fund (ACOF).