The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is one of the main participants in the implementation of the “Swiss E-Government” strategy.
The Confederation is endeavoring to reduce the administrative burden on SMEs. With this goal in mind, it is developing online platforms that make it possible to complete various formalities and tasks electronically. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), one of the main players in the implementation of the Swiss e-governance strategy, has already established three important projects in this field: the SME Portal, EasyGov and SuisseID (today a service of the SwissSign Group). The fourth project was completed with the Linked Data Service (LINDAS) pilot platform..
The SME Portal - a valuable source of information
SECO's SME Portal, on which this article is found, is part of the specific measures of the Swiss policy to promote SMEs. In many fields, it simplifies administrative tasks which entrepreneurs are responsible for and offers them a unique source of information on the life of SMEs in Switzerland. The site includes the following sections:
- Online services. Presents the Internet services intended to save SMEs time in searching for information and completing official tasks.
- Practical Knowledge. Includes various sections providing basic information on various subjects related to establishing and developing an SME, such as legal structures, accounting and transfer of a company as well as social networks, e-commerce and even intellectual property. Useful addresses and links are also provided.
- News. Offers news articles and interviews with entrepreneurs discussing subjects as diverse as company establishment and development, human resources, innovation, seeking funding or even strategies for coping with competition.
- Facts and trends. Provides information to entrepreneurs and small business leaders on current issues such as digitalization, artificial intelligence and corporate social responsibility (CSR) through informative pages and statistics.