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...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
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.
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.
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.
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