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Free trade agreement between Switzerland and China signed
On 6 July Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and the Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng signed the bilateral free trade agreement between Switzerland and China in Beijing (picture). On the same day, Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann also signed a parallel agreement on labour and employment with the Chinese Minister of Human Resources and Social Security Yin Weimin.
Switzerland-China: Free trade negotiations concluded at technical level
The delegations from Switzerland and the People's Republic of China met between 9 and 11 May 2013 for a ninth round of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the two countries. At the end of the three days, negotiations were concluded at a technical level.
Switzerland strengthens economic ties with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann has conclude his official visit to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on 13 April. The mission began on 10 April with the aim of strengthening economic relations with these increasingly important members of Switzerland's constituency in the Bretton Woods institutions. Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann was accompanied on his trip to Astana and Baku by around twenty private sector representatives.
Federal Council publishes background report on commodities
The background report on commodities prepared under the aegis of three government departments (FDFA, FDF, EAER) highlights the economic importance of the commodities industry for Switzerland. The report shows that Switzerland already does a great deal to safeguard its competitiveness and its integrity as a business location, including the commodity trading sector. A set of targeted recommendations should further improve conditions and reduce various risks including those to reputation.
Switzerland and the ILO to cooperate closely to promote the social dimension of globalisation
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), and the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, are combining their efforts to promote solidarity, long term employment and social dialogue in the world.
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