CH - Kazakhstan

President Parmelin welcomes Kazakh president to Switzerland

In the evening of Monday, 29 November, President Guy Parmelin welcomed Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Geneva. At their meeting, two agreements fostering trade between Switzerland and Kazakhstan were signed. Official talks centred on economic relations, cooperation between the two countries in international organisations and global issues.

CH - Vietnam

Switzerland and Vietnam to further deepen relations

On Friday, 26 November, President Guy Parmelin and Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met at Lohn Manor where they commended the close ties that have developed between Switzerland and Vietnam since diplomatic relations were established 50 years ago. Both sides stressed their intention to further deepen relations in the coming years.


Gross domestic product in the third quarter of 2021: continuing economic recovery

Swiss GDP grew by 1.7%, following an increase of 1.8% in the second quarter.* Value added grew markedly in the affected service sectors as a result of the further relaxation of COVID measures. Private consumption rose substantially in line with this. Overall, GDP was more than 1% higher in the third quarter than the pre-crisis level seen in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Foreign economic policy

Federal Council sets future direction for foreign economic policy

Switzerland's new foreign economic policy strategy was adopted by the Federal Council on 24 November. The world has changed profoundly since the turn of the millennium, and the Federal Council has revised its foreign economic policy in response to the economic, environmental, socio-political and geopolitical developments. The new strategy sets the course for the federal government's foreign economic policy in the medium to long term.

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Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation