Remittances and Payments Program

Progetto concluso

This program, which is executed by the World Bank, aims to make the transfer of remittances, i.e. the money that is sent home by migrants, cheaper, safer and more convenient. This will result in an increase of the available resources for migrants and their families and in an increased usage of formal transfer channels and basic financial services.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Economic and financial policy
Private sector and entrepreneurship
01.12.2014 - 31.03.2020
CHF  6’000’000

Today, the transfer of remittances is often inefficient, costly and intransparent. Inadequate legal and regulatory frameworks are at the heart of many of these problems. Also inefficient payments systems infrastructures often cause excessive costs. This program provides technical assistance to SECO partner countries in order to deal with these issues and to promote private sector solutions and new products for remittances transfers. Remittances are also used as a vector for extending basic financial services to populations that were formerly "unbanked".


The program aims to reduce the cost of sending remittances as well as to increase the percentage of remittances that is operated through formal channels and to extend basic financial services to formerly "unbanked" populations.

Effetti a medio termine

Increased soundness and proportionality of the legal and regulatory framework.

Increased level of competition in the remittances market.

Increased efficiency of clearing and settlement systems among operators in the country.

Increased usage of electronic payment systems.

Introduction of new products for payment and remittances services.

Improvement in knowledge of remittances mechanisms among migrants and recipients of remittances.

Increased level of financial inclusion.


Risultati principali attesi:  

Technical assistance delivered to relevant authorities to bring the legal framework and regulation of remittances payments into alignment with the General Principles for International Remittances Services.

Technical assistance provided to ensure that public policies regarding payment systems infrastructure are aligned with the General Principles for International Remittances Services.

Support for awareness raising campaigns on costs and opportunities of remittances targeting families of migrants receiving funds from abroad.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • Banca mondiale - Banca internazionale per la ricostruzione e lo sviluppo

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    6’000’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF    12’000’000
Fasi del progetto

Fase 1 01.12.2014 - 31.03.2020   (Completed)