Following an intensive last round of
negotiations and phone calls between Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann and
the Indonesian trade minister, Enggartiasto Lukita, negotiations on a free
trade agreement between EFTA and Indonesia have been concluded in substance.
The agreement marks a milestone in Switzerland’s trade policy: Indonesia is the
world’s fourth largest country with a population of 260 million. 98% of goods
will be exempted from customs duty in the medium term.
A whole day dedicated to digitalisation: On 25 October Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann attended events in Biel and Lausanne to mark the second edition of Digital Day. He also co-chaired his last meeting of the Advisory Council on Digital Transformation with the head of DETEC, Doris Leuthard.
The Federal Council appointed Professor Joël Mesot as the new president of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Joël Mesot has been director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) since 2008 and currently holds professorships at the two federal institutes of technology in Zurich and Lausanne. Professor Mesot takes up his new position on 1 January 2019, taking over from Professor Lino Guzzella, who as ETH Zurich’s president since 2015 has continued to boost the institute’s reputation internationally.
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