The Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) is the development finance institution of the Swiss Confederation, and emerged from the private sector development efforts of the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO). SIFEM promotes long-term, sustainable and broad-based economic growth in developing and emerging countries through the provision of financial support to commercially viable small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and fast-growing enterprises, which in turn helps to create secure and permanent jobs and reduce poverty. The core team of Obviam has managed the investment portfolio held by SIFEM today since the late 1990s, when SECO made its first private sector development investment in emerging markets.

Obviam represents the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on the Board of Directors of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), and through seats on the Audit Committee and the FX Committee adds profound expertise to the fund. In the past, the Obviam team has also managed other private sector investments on behalf of SDC and aid agencies from other European countries.

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