Who we are

The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation.

SIPPO aims to better integrate developing and emerging countries into world trade. While export companies in SIPPO countries may have good products to offer to importers in foreign markets, they struggle finding ways to reach out to potential buyers. Likewise, there are importers in target markets looking for suppliers with great products but sourcing them abroad is a challenging and time-consuming task.

Thus, SIPPO’s focus is to support this «last mile» of the supply chain, where exporters and importers find together. Business Support Organisations (BSOs) are the point of contact to bridge this «last mile» and to facilitate market access and exports to Switzerland, the EU, and regional markets.

Thus, SIPPO exclusively supports BSOs in SIPPO countries (public or private organisations like trade promotion organisations, export promotion boards, sector associations, chambers of commerce, etc.) in improving their export promotion service portfolio towards export-ready companies in their countries.

Through competent local SIPPO teams and in collaboration with a network of international and national experts, the SIPPO programme enhances the performance of the selected BSOs in two areas:   

  1. Improving BSO’s trade promotion activities through capacity development in market research, trade fair participation, selling missions, buyer missions and study tours.
  2. Supporting BSOs in their organisational development, strategic planning and positioning, project cycle management, knowledge sharing and continuous learning.

SIPPO is active in 11 partner countries and 6 sectors: Fish& Seafood, Processed Foods, Natural Ingredients, Technical Wood, Value-added Textiles and Sustainable Tourism.

SIPPO has been implemented by Swisscontact since 2017 in partnership with BHP Brugger and Partners and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and is now in its Phase 2 (2021-2025).

About Us

The situation in Peru

In Peru, the country's economic growth has helped increase capacities to export products to various international markets and promote sustainable tourism. In this way, BSOs are major players in developing the skills of exporting companies and tour operators that offer their products to Europe and the world.

Additionally, the potential of the Peruvian offer, the Peru Brand and sectoral brands have positioned Peru as one of the main players in the food industry in the world, thus contributing to international trade, labour, and the sustainable economic development of the country. SIPPO is supporting Peruvian BSOs to improve their services so that companies can be successful in the international market.


Our three sectors

SIPPO supports BSOs through capacity building in three sectors: Processed Foods, Natural Ingredients and Sustainable Tourism.

Processed Foods

Processed Foods

By 2021, processed food exports grew by more than 15%. Peru has a remarkable capacity to export processed agri-food. The Peruvian food industry complies with international standards and has positioned the country in the most demanding mark...

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Natural Ingredients

Natural Ingredients

Peru is a mega-diverse country and therefore the natural ingredients sector of Peru stands out for its wealth and high potential in international markets, according to consumption trends. The high demand for these products attracts buyers...

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Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism

Peru has a vast cultural, historical, and natural wealth, making it a world-class destination thanks to the sustainable tourism sector is a key sector for the economic development of Peru. SIPPO is a strategic partner in the sector that is...

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