Development of Swiss-Armenian Cooperation

Premier Minister Nikol Pashinyan discussed development of Swiss-Armenian cooperation.

Important visit of a Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Lukas Gasser to the new elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Nikol Pashinyan. Issues concerning the bilateral economic relations as well the further development of the touristical (namely the whole region of the Djermug freetime ressort) and aviatransport sectors have been pointed out. At the same time Ambassador Gasser handed out to the Prime Minister both congratulation letters of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Alain Berset, and of the Speaker of the Swiss Federal Assembly, Mr. Dominique de Buman. During the meeting, the eventuality of the next parliamentary elections in Armenia and the contribution the Swiss Confederation could possible give in the improvement of the ongoing democratic dynamics, as the participation of Swiss observers and the development of the citizen sensibilization culture, namely through the preparation of political debates among MP candidates, led by experienced journalists, have been discussed. Namely, the Parliamentary Group Switzerland-Armenia and the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Armenia, represented during the meeting by Sarkis Shahinian, made concrete propositions in all the contexts reminded.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Lukas Gasser, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to the Republic of Armenia.

Highlighting the development of the Armenian-Swiss relationships, the Prime Minister said the two countries boast high-level political intercourse. He considered it necessary to intensify efforts with a view to adding momentum to economic cooperation based on the existing potentialities. The head of the Armenian government thanked the Swiss authorities for voicing a clear stance on the Armenian Genocide and for close cooperation on international platforms.

The Swiss Ambassador congratulated Prime Minister Pashinyan on assuming office and conveyed the readiness of his country’s government to further develop and build on the bilateral ties. Lukas Gasser reaffirmed the Swiss President’s willingness to attend the upcoming Francophonie Summit in Yerevan and expressed confidence that it would be organized at high level.

Coming to economic cooperation, the Ambassador advised that a number of Swiss companies are interested in entering the Armenian market and are currently looking into Armenia’s business environment and investment opportunities. Lukas Gasser said he had already traveled to Meghri FEZ with a view to getting a first-hand view of its opportunities and introducing them to Swiss business people. The Ambassador deemed as quite prospective the ongoing cooperation in different spheres, inclusive of industry, tourism, pharmaceuticals and information technologies.

During the meeting, the Premier was briefed on the projects and events to be co-hosted by the Swiss Embassy and the Armenia-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce. In conclusion, Nikol Pashinyan and Lukas Gasser discussed regional issues.