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Switzerland hosts an informal WTO ministerial meeting

Switzerland hosts an informal WTO ministerial meeting

At the invitation of President Guy Parmelin, a virtual informal ministerial meeting was held on 29 January on WTO-related issues. Among those taking part were ministers responsible for WTO affairs and WTO Deputy Director General Alan Wolff. Participants discussed trade policy challenges and priorities ahead of the twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference, particularly in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forecast

Second coronavirus wave interrupts economic recovery

Second coronavirus wave interrupts economic recovery

In the winter half-year of 2020/2021, the second wave of the coronavirus will have an adverse effect on the Swiss economy. The Expert Group is therefore revising its GDP forecast for the coming year downwards. If the health situation eases, growth is likely to increase significantly as time goes on, although uncertainty remains extremely high.

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Switzerland and the UK sign agreement on mobility of service suppliers

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, signed the Services Mobility Agreement (SMA) on 14 December 2020 in London. The agreement secures reciprocal, facilitated market access for service providers from Switzerland and the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021.

Presidency 2021

Guy Parmelin elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2021

Guy Parmelin elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2021

Switzerland's true strength lies in its cohesion! Those were the words of the President of the Swiss Confederation for 2021 as he addressed the Federal Assembly a few minutes after his election. The motto of the newly elected president is clear: We are stronger together. In these particularly turbulent times, cohesion is essential, he said in his acceptance speech. We all face the same challenges.

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