The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was founded in 1961 and is based in Paris. It brings together 37 member countries to exchange information and experience, and to work together to find solutions to similar problems. Considerable importance is attached to improving coordination and coherence in national and international economic policy.
The OECD’s mission is to help its member countries to:
- support sustainable economic growth;
- increase employment;
- raise living standards;
- maintain financial stability;
- help other countries develop their economies;
- contribute to the growth of world trade.
Importance for Switzerland
The OECD provides an important international platform for the defence of Switzerland’s interests and values, as well as an opportunity to shape international standards. It also allows Switzerland to benefit from peer learning.
OECD governments meet regularly in committees to compare experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, develop international standards and coordinate their national and international policies.
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the lead agency for all Swiss activities at the OECD.
OFCOM coordinates Switzerland’s activities in the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). The committee develops policies that:
- stimulate the growth of an accessible, innovative, open, inclusive and trusting digital economy for sustainable prosperity and well-being;
- harness the potential of ICTs, including the internet and digitalisation, to achieve key socio-economic goals.
In recent years, the CDEP has taken on a coordination and leadership role for horizontal large-scale projects on the digitalisation of society and its economy (Going Digital I (2017-2018), Going Digital II (2019-2020) and Going Digital III (2021-2022)). Switzerland has participated actively in these projects, which have involved some 20 different OECD committees and has addressed topics such as artificial intelligence, online platforms and data governance.
Last modification 04.03.2022