MINSK, 12 September (BelTA) - Thanks to the parliamentary friendship group, the cooperation between Belarus and Switzerland has been significantly intensified, Swiss Ambassador to Belarus Claude Altermatt said during a meeting with FTUB chairman, co-chair of the parliamentary friendship group Switzerland-Belarus Mikhail Orda, BelTA learned from the press service of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTUB).
During two years of work, the parliamentary friendship group has facilitated a number of mutual visits by delegations from the two countries. As a result, agreements have been reached on cooperation in IT, industry, business, banking and financial industry. There are agreements to set up Swiss production facilities in Belarus, to export technologies in agriculture.
Humanitarian contacts have been growing too. Joint educational projects have been launched between HEG Arc and the International University of MITSO. Joint sports competitions are organized. In the future, the countries are planning to exchange days of culture.
“Switzerland's decision to open an embassy in Belarus was indeed an important and significant step towards the development of bilateral relations. All this shows that there is mutual understanding and good prospects for further cooperation between the countries,” Mikhail Orda noted.
Major areas of work of the FTUB were discussed during the meeting. So were the upcoming parliamentary elections. Switzerland will soon hold the parliamentary elections too.
The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus is taking an active part in the election campaign as it would like FTUB members and those candidates whose election programs are in tune with the FTUB principles and objectives to see among parliament members, Mikhail Orda stressed.
The parliamentary friendship group Switzerland-Belarus was established in 2017. On behalf of Belarus it is led by Mikhail Orda, the chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions, a member of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly. On behalf of Switzerland, the friendship group includes members of the majority of the parties represented in the Swiss Parliament.More about Politics