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WTO Ministers in Davos back efforts to conclude Doha Round negotiations
WTO Ministers in Davos back efforts to conclude Doha Round negotiations

Davos, 24.01.15 – At the invitation of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Ministers in charge of WTO affairs and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met today in Davos. The purpose of the informal gathering was to discuss the negotiating agenda for 2015 in view of a conclusion of the Doha Round.

Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann promotes vocational education and training and stronger economic relations at the White House
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann promotes vocational education and training and stronger economic relations at the White House

Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, on 13 of Januar 2015 met with members of the US cabinet, high-ranking advisors to President Barack Obama and Swiss business leaders in the White House. The round table discussions covered ways of strengthening economic relations between Switzerland and the USA and presented Switzerland’s successful dual-track system of vocational education and training.

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I wish you a happy and peaceful Festive Season...

...enjoying your time with family and friends. May you venture into 2015 with confidence, ready to make your contribution to the well-being of our country and its people. All the very best, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor

Meeting with Tom Perez, US Secretary of Labor
Meeting with Tom Perez, US Secretary of Labor

On Friday, 10 October, as part of the annual World Bank Day, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann met the United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Their discussion focused on continuing to exchange information and experiences in vocational training, initiated by the head of the EAER with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the American Vice President Joe Biden, during her visit to Winterthur in September of this year.

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Switzerland and China celebrate the entry into force of their free trade agreement

Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann opened the ceremony to mark the entry into force of the free trade agreement between Switzerland and China at the Rhine port in Basel on Tuesday afternoon. This is the most important free trade agreement for Swiss foreign trade since the agreement with the European Union in 1972.

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