Swiss seek closer ties with Asia-Pacific region
The Swiss government has for the first time adopted a regional strategy for the Asia-Pacific region for the period 2023-2026.
The move takes into account the growing importance of the southeast Asia region and complements the government's China strategy, according to a government statement published on Wednesday.
The 11 countries that make up the region together form the fifth largest economy in the world. Their natural and cultural wealth, as well as their economic potential, represent opportunities for Switzerland to diversify its relations on the Asian continent, the statement added.
The aim of the strategy is to boost exchanges on peace and security, prosperity, sustainability and digitalisation, based on the government's foreign policy strategy.
"South East Asia is one of the world's most economically dynamic regions. There is thus a growing potential for Swiss economic interests in the region. Switzerland is therefore striving to improve market access through free trade agreements," the statement said.
"At the same time, Switzerland is committed to improving economic and social prospects in the less developed countries of the region."
A fifth priority will be to improve services for Swiss citizens in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The South East Asia strategy 2023–26 is the fifth geographical strategy of its kind. The government has already adopted specific strategies for the Middle East/North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, China and the Americas.
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