SIPPO facilitates access of BiH export-ready companies to new markets. We want to increase exports by using long-term export promotion measures and employment in companies in key sectors.
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As of 2017, SIPPO is implemented by Swisscontact, a business-oriented Swiss foundation for international cooperation and development.
We work directly with Business Support Organisations (BSOs), including promotion boards and sector-wide associations, to support the expansion and quality of their export promotion services to their members and clients. Through the BSOs, export-ready companies gain access to customized export services such as market intelligence, capacity-building, networking and matchmaking.
SIPPO connects relevant export sectors from eleven partner countries with reliable importers in Switzerland, the rest of Europe and other important target markets.
- In Bosnia and Herzegovina, SIPPO has been operating in various sectors since 2002. The advantages of BiH, such as natural resources, proximity of the EU and a strong labor force are some of the reasons why SIPPO supports export from targeted sectors for more than 15 years. In BiH, SIPPO has a wide network of contacts with chambers of commerce, sector associations and companies.
- SIPPO's new mandate, 2017-2020, provides support for export promotion in the sectors of natural ingredients, technical wood and value-added textiles. These sectors have great export potential in the EU, Switzerland and other important markets. Thanks to years of work in BiH and a wide network of European importers, we are able to efficiently connect partner BSOs and companies from BiH with leading importers in target markets. In this way, we systematically support companies from target sectors to increase turnover, exports and number of employees.
SIPPO offers to its partners a platform for connecting BIH export-oriented companies with buyers in target markets.
Thanks to our many years of work and experience in export promotion, we have established a wide network of partners, consultants and reliable importers. We can support you on your way to new markets.
If you are an export-oriented company from SIPPO sectors, you can profit from our services and those of our partner BSOs.
Our experienced team supports you on your way to new contacts. Professional advice is tailored to your needs as the core of our services.
Regional representation of SIPPO for the Balkans is in Skopje, Macedonia. There is one export promotion manager in each Balkan country.
SIPPO supports export services from 6 sectors in 11 countries. In BiH, SIPPO is active in the sectors of Technical Wood, Natural Ingredients and Value-added Textiles.
Through BSOs, such as trade chambers, export promotion agencies and business associations, BiH companies receive enhanced services that allow them to access important export markets.
Proximity to the EU market, high quality wood, and knowledge and tradition in wood processing, make the technical wood sector one of the most important export sectors in the BiH economy. BiH wood products are highly valued in the EU market. Within the sector of wood products for technical use, SIPPO sees the following products: flooring, parquet, wooden construction material, solid wood, furniture parts, carpentry, prefabricated houses and packaging. Through partner chambers of commerce and business associations, SIPPO provides support to export-oriented companies to connect with new markets.
BiH is a country of rich biodiversity with a variety of unpolluted areas that have ideal conditions for organic production. This is why mushrooms, medicinal and aromatic plants, essential oils, honey and other products produced in BiH are of high quality and are sought after in the EU market. BiH producers and processors of medicinal plants, essential oils, mushrooms, honey and forest fruits with appropriate quality standards can count on the support of SIPPO and partner BSOs in finding new customers.
Proximity to the EU market, high-quality workforce, experience and tradition are the main advantages of the BiH textile industry. BiH is in a good position to attract textile industry companies that want to relocate their production closer to the EU. In cooperation with partner chambers of commerce and sector associations, SIPPO supports textile companies to find suitable business partners in target markets.
SIPPO is currently identifying future partner BSOs to cooperate in the relevant export sectors. We foster sophisticated services for export-ready companies.
Together with the UN body of the International Trade Center ITC (www.intracen.org), export promotion boards and sector associations are being assessed in 2017 to identify potential for improvements in their export promotion services. This involves interviews related to BSOs’ export promotion services, organisational structures, quality management and performance management, as well as export and sector strategies.
In the upcoming months, our partner BSOs will be published here.
CCIRS is non-governmental, non-profit and public-legal association of legal entities and economic associations. Activities of CCIRS focus on representing the interests of members towards the legislative and executives. CCIRS is SIPPO`s partner in Technical Wood and Value added Textile sector.
The mandate of Foreign Trade Chamber BiH is to upgrade overall foreign trade through presenting the country`s economic potential abroad, as well as representing the members` interests before Government. FTC and SIPPO works together in: Natural Ingredients, Technical Wood and Value added Textile sector.
The Association of textile, footwear and leather- UTOK has been established in 2006. It is a non- governmental and non-profit organization whose goal is to support and improve the development of textile, footwear and leather industry.
SIPPO organizes the BiH country pavilion at Munich Apparel Source trade fair in Munich, Germany, in cooperation with Foreign Trade Chamber BiH www.komorabih.ba, and supported by Chamber of Commerce and Industry of RS www.komorars.ba and Association of textile, footwear and leather industry www.utok.ba.
Since 25 September 2017 every SIPPO country office has its own Website.
In cooperation with its partners, SIPPO organises various events in BiH and abroad. International business events allow companies to find suitable customers.
Contemporary training sessions, seminars, workshops and study visits provide company managers the opportunity to adopt and develop new skills in export marketing.
Check this section regularly and learn about upcoming Events.