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Bern, 09.07.15 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann wrapped up his trip to the U.S. today by signing a declaration of intent on Vocational Education and Training with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker. This declaration will pave the way to more substantive cooperation between Switzerland and the U.S.. Before the declaration was signed, the Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) held talks with U.S. government representatives on economic issues, namely the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On the first leg of the trip, the economic and scientific delegation, led by the Head of the EAER, visited the West Coast of the United States to promote Switzerland as a destination for education, research and investment, and to promote new partnerships in innovation.
On the third day of his visit to the USA, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, accompanied by an economic and scientific delegation, visited the headquarters of Google and Stanford University. The head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research found the talks with businesses, researchers and investors to be extremely rewarding: "Switzerland has topped a series of global innovation rankings for a number of years now – so we’re clearly doing something right. This visit to the west coast is valuable to ensure that this continues: we can see where there is further room for improvement, such as in enhancing entrepreneurial thinking. Here in Silicon Valley, fresh ideas are embraced with passion and a willingness to take risks to swiftly bring products to market. That is one of the key success factors for firms here." On Wednesday, the delegation will travel to Washington DC, where two agreements will be signed. Talks are also planned with cabinet members and other government representatives.
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