For Wales Week 2023, we had the pleasure of being joined by the Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies, for an event to highlight the mutual interest between Switzerland and Wales in learning from and investing in each other. And, though it may not seem so at first, our languages create some commonalities as well and we welcomed some outstanding speakers to raise awareness of the efforts by Switzerland and Wales to preserve and promote minority languages.
On 30th November, the Performance Engineering Mission 2022 introduced a delegation of six high-level Swiss companies to high-tech industry leaders in the UK automotive and motorsports industries.
The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) was signed by Ambassador Markus Leitner and Amanda Brooks, Director General for Trade Negotiations in London on 17 November.
As part of the #WeAreSwitzerland tour of the UK, the Embassy, in co-operation with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC), visited Manchester to highlight Switzerland’s strong economic footprint in the Northern Powerhouse.
Throughout the month of June, the Swiss Embassy will tour the UK, with events and meetings held in Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford to highlight the many links between Switzerland and the UK.
On Thursday 28 April, President Ignazio Cassis met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in London. President Cassis was also invited to pay a courtesy visit to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Swiss-UK bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on 1 January 2021 after existing agreements were rolled over to avoid a cliff-edge situation after Brexit. The trade agreement provides for duty-free bilateral trade in industrial goods and for a partial liberalization of trade in processed agricultural products. Now, however, it is time for a modernisation of the bilateral FTA that allows us to expand the agreement to new areas of trade.