Bosnia and Herzegovina

Political instability and structural problems continue toinfluence the country since the end of the of the armed conflict that took place from 1992-1995. The country faces stalled socio-economic reforms, high unemployment at around 33%, and 47% among youth. Other factors that affect the country’s development are growing inequalities, depopulation, and challenges caused by COVID-19.
Bosnia and Herzegovina applied to join the European Union in 2016 and is working on various reforms to become a member state. The internal conflict in the 90s devastated the infrastructure and economy. Exports are mainly industrial and manufacturing.
About Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Area in km2: 51,129
  • Population: 3,824,782
  • Capital: Sarajevo


Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
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. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Vietnam
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme
The heart of any entrepreneurial ecosystem is the community of entrepreneurs themselves. The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) has incorporated this belief and supports building local startup communities bottom up by working with ecosystem leaders and builders since 2015. We do this by working with selected startup support organizations...


Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
How Can a Problem Unify Organizations in Search of a Solution?
With support of Swiss EP, three organizations in Eastern Europe organized a regional program to help scaling startups improve their sales process. A Swiss EP pool of experts used their joint network of startups to generate interest in tackling this challenge.
Vietnam, Albania, Peru, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Impact figures of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program 2020/21
After 6 years of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program operating, there is a clear development of the startup ecosystems picking up speed in most countries. The program shares updated impact figures for 2020/21.
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Online programs in the Western Balkans: are they here to stay?
Swiss EP supported three different fully online programs in the Western Balkans. Even if organised locally, online programs enable both attendees and lecturers to be more flexible and to the point.

Swisscontact in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swisscontact in Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes to reducing un- and underemployment, especially for youth, and economic development through two projects.

The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program S-EP works with the entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide local start-ups access to improved programs, high value services, strategic and practical advice, as well as valuable international connections so they create value for the local economies.

The Swiss Import Promotion Program SIPPO works with business support organisations to strengthen their competitive position, facilitate market access and export to Switzerland, the EU, and other international and regional markets.

Swisscontact’s portfolio in Bosnia and Herzegovina is aligned with Switzerland’s development strategy in the country.