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Switzerland conducts first political consultations with Kenya

Kenya plays an important role in the political stability of East Africa and is an economic powerhouse in the region

One year after the agreement to hold regular political talks in future, the head of the FDFA's Africa Division, Ambassador Philipp Stalder, travelled to Nairobi for political consultations. Talks revolved around bilateral issues, economic and trade relations, Switzerland's role in the UN Security Council and climate change. The East African…

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Ignazio Cassis in Ghana: agenda prioritising economic cooperation and regional stability

The Swiss and Ghanaian delegations also discussed the political and security situation in West Africa

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on his recent visit to Ghana. The meeting, which took place on Friday 3 November 2023, focused on economic relations, cooperation on climate action, regional security and stability, and collaboration between…

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Switzerland at 2023 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings and G20 Finance Ministers Meeting in Marrakesh

The meetings will focus on the global economic and development policy challenges

Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, will attend the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 11 to 14 October 2023. A meeting of…

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Switzerland joins 9th Francophone Games in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Games take place every four years and provide an opportunity for young French-speaking artists and athletes active in the culture and sporting spheres to meet

The 9th edition of the Francophone Games is taking place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 28 July to 6 August 2023. Switzerland is sending a sporting and cultural delegation to the competition, which brings together some 3,000 participants from 40 different countries. As a member of…

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Switzerland welcomes successful completion of Mozambique's demobilisation

An official ceremony to mark the end of the disarmament and demobilisation process was held in the capital Maputo on 23 June

In Mozambique, the RENAMO opposition movement's last military base has just been closed. Switzerland welcomes this milestone in Mozambique's peace process and took part in the official ceremony in Maputo on 23 June to mark the end of the disarmament and demobilisation process. This is a historic moment for Mozambique.…

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Switzerland: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to visit the Kingdom of Morocco

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis' trip follows a visit to Bern by his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in December 2021

The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will visit Rabat on 22 and 23 June. He will meet his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita. Economic relations and migration cooperation will be at the centre of discussions, as will recent developments in the region. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis' trip…

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Switzerland to help protect children and adolescents on the West and North African migration route

As part of its foreign policy on migration, Switzerland helps countries of origin and transit to better protect and integrate migrants on the ground

Every year, 5 million children and adolescents travel along the migration routes from and within West and North Africa. Many are unaccompanied minors who are exposed to considerable risk. At its meeting on 30 March, the Federal Council decided to provide around CHF 21.8 million in funding over the next…

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Switzerland: Federal Council adopts dispatch on double taxation agreement with Ethiopia

The agreement still has to be approved by parliament in both countries before it can come into force

During its meeting on 18 March 2022, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the approval of a double taxation agreement (DTA) with Ethiopia. With this DTA, Switzerland can extend its network of double taxation agreements to East Africa. The agreement will ensure legal certainty and a contractual framework that…

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Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR - Switzerland donates masks for relief work on the ground

While supplies in Switzerland are guaranteed, protective equipment and sanitation facilities in some African countries are often in short supply

A global pandemic does not only pose a threat to people. It is also a major obstacle for humanitarian aid. If protective equipment is not available, it is not possible to provide assistance on the ground. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is therefore donating three million face masks in response to this…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Switzerland supports development banks in reducing poverty and dealing with crises

COVID-19 crisis is threatening to jeopardise the progress made in reducing poverty and improving health and living standards made in recent decades in many developing countries

Switzerland is to contribute CHF 879 million to the coffers of the International Development Association (IDA/World Bank) and of the African Development Fund (ADF) to help fight poverty, promote sustainable development and deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s poorest countries. Switzerland…