Switzerland will sign an accord backing China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Switzerland was the first country in continental Europe to reach a free trade agreement with China.
The "continuity agreement" - based on the EU’s existing free trade deal with Switzerland - was agreed in December but ratified on Monday.
Swiss Economics Minister has re-started negotiations with Malaysia over a proposed FTA. Talks had previously broken down over the contentious topic of palm oil.
On 1 November, negotiations on a free trade agreement between EFTA and Indonesia were concluded in substance, with Switzerland acting as lead negotiator. The agreement means 98% of Swiss goods will be exempt from customs duties in medium term.
The five countries are expected to announce the completion of the negotiation in a ministerial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Nov. 23.
Swiss elevator maker, Schindler Group, has officially filed for an investor state dispute settlement against the Korean government seeking US$300 million in compensation for losses over its approval of paid-in capital increase of Hyundai Elevator
The Swiss Senate has narrowly voted against proposals to exclude palm from any free trade agreement with Malaysia and Indonesia.
The chief negotiator of Indonesia sits on the board of directors of the Indonesian company Astra Agro Lestari, one of the country’s largest palm oil producers.
Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann believes that it is possible to negotiate a free trade agreement with the US. He wants to resume discussions that faltered over a decade ago.
L’Indonésie n’exige plus l’abolition de droits de douane à l’importation de son huile de palme, produit contesté en Suisse, et accepte des règles strictes en matière de propriété intellectuelle.
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This is the fourth ISDS dispute this year in which the South Korean government is embroiled.
The Swiss Farmers’ Union, on the other hand, has made its position very clear: it is against a free-trade deal.
Swiss economics minister Johann Schneider-Ammann has arrived in Brazil on a six-day visit to the region aimed at boosting talks on a free trade agreement with the South American economic area Mercosur.
The new Georgia-Swiss trade relations will come into effect on May 1st 2018.
Swiss Economic Affairs Minister wants to speed up a free trade agreement between Switzerland and Mercosur, but there is concern in the agricultural sector
Palm oil must be excluded from the free trade agreement between Switzerland and Indonesia. In an open letter to Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, Swiss environmental, human rights, consumer and farming organizations are calling for this.
Switzerland will not meet the European Commission’s deadline for a deal on a new treaty that would bind the neutral country more closely to its biggest trading partner.
Switzerland plans to coordinate cooperation with China within the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, and to promote the continuous development of bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation in all fields.
India and Switzerland are negotiating the Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) in a bid to embolden the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.