This section contains documents on Switzerland's bilateral trade policy and on the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
In its winter session the Swiss National Council will discuss the Free Trade Agreement negotiated between Switzerland and China this summer. Human rights have not been taken into account in the entire agreement. The FTA does refer to a supplementary agreement on labour and employment issues, for which only a dialogue-based consultation process is envisaged. Yet it is unclear how the Government intends to ensure that the dialogue will not be mere polite chitchat. ...>>
Saving the multilateral trade system and what remains of the Doha Development Round – such is the task that the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has set itself for its meeting from 3-6 December 2013 in Bali. But opinions diverge widely on how to achieve this. ...>>
On 1 May 2013 the Swiss Government approved a four-year credit line worth over CHF 30 million for the strategic partnership between the State Secretariat for the Economy (Seco) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), a Dutch foundation. IDH wants to lend a helping hand to big corporations such as Nestlé, Adidas, Ikea, Cargill and Unilever, amongst others, in switching to raw materials produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner. ...>>
Efta is negotiating a free trade agreement with Indonesia. In the process, Jakarta is focusing on improved technical cooperation. Two different notions of development collide. ...>>
The election of Roberto Azevêdo is a victory for the countries of the South and NGOs, and a consequence of the changed power balance within the WTO. However, the Brazilian must demonstrate that he will work in favour of developing countries and their small farmers – something Brazil has not always done. ...>>