Economic mission: Qatar

Economic mission to Qatar

During his mission to Qatar, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin met the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mohammad bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al Thani. Together with Finance Minister Ali Al Kuwari, Guy Parmelin opened the second Joint Financial and Economic Commission. Finally, at the invitation of the Minister of Agriculture, Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and his delegation visited Expo 2023 Doha, an exhibition dedicated to horticulture and sustainable development, as well as the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition. >> VIDEO 

Economic mission: Saudi Arabia

Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, on an economic mission to the Arabian Peninsula:

Saudi Arabia needs new infrastructure. At two round-table discussions, representatives of the Swiss business community will be briefed on potential opportunities. Our companies can make an important contribution. They are signing agreements, for example Stadler Rail for new trains, Hashgraph in the IT sector, and Ionair in the field of ambient air ionisation. There is a great deal of interest, and our country has an excellent reputation here. >> VIDEO 


EFTA - India

At the invitation of India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin visited Mumbai on 19 and 20 January. The outcome of the trip was very fruitful: after 16 years of negotiations, Switzerland and India have agreed on the broad outlines of an EFTA-India trade agreement. Although negotiations are not yet complete, a significant breakthrough has been made. The text still needs to be finalised.


Negotiations on modernisation of free trade agreement

The EFTA states (Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Chile concluded negotiations on the modernisation of their free trade agreement in Santiago de Chile on January 19th 2024. Switzerland is thereby continuing its successful free trade policy and strengthening the competitiveness of its economy.

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Federal Councillor

"Welcome to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs,
Education and Research"

Guy Parmelin,
Federal Councillor