China 2024

Unterzeichnung des Memorandum of Unterstanding

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin travels to China with a business and science delegation

The head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, leads a business and science mission to China from 1 to 5 July. The continuation of good cooperation in these areas is an important goal of the visit, not least with a view to further developing the bilateral free trade agreement that entered into force ten years ago.

EFTA - Chile

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin signs modernised free trade agreement with Chile

The EFTA states and Chile signed the protocol of amendment to modernise the free trade agreement in Geneva on 24 June. Switzerland is thus continuing its successful free trade policy and strengthening the competitiveness of the economy.


Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin attends World Leaders Forum at UNCTAD

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin represented Switzerland at the World Leaders Forum organised to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He also held bilateral talks with a Chinese trade representative and Tunisia’s trade minister.           

Consumer Sentiment

Publication notice: Consumer sentiment higher than a year ago

In May 2024 the consumer sentiment index stood at –38 points. This is 2 points higher than in May 2023. The following sub-indices are higher than in May 2023: past financial situation, financial outlook, and moment to make major purchases. The following sub-index has barely changed compared to May 2023: economic outlook.


Meeting with Ukraine deputy prime minister: focus on reconstruction and digitalisation

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, met on 27 May in Bern with Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development and Minister of Digital Transformation. They discussed the economy and reconstruction, as well as cooperation in education, research and innovation.            

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Guy Parmelin,
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