Switzerland urges companies to access European markets

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Mukudzei Chingwere Herald Reporter

The Swiss government has implored local companies to exploit the good bilateral relations that exist between the European country and Zimbabwe to access European markets.

The Swiss Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Niculin Jaeger, made the remarks after paying a courtesy call on the Acting President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, at his offices in Munhumutapa yesterday.

The Central European country has already made massive investments in the country with companies like Bata, Nestlé and Lafarge gaining a foothold in the local market.

Speaking to the media after his exchange with Acting President Chiwenga, the Swiss envoy said they were open to increasing partnerships in the health and agriculture sectors.

“I had a good conversation with Acting President Constantino Chiwenga. Part of the discussion focused on bilateral relations between our two countries. Long-standing and friendly relations.

“Switzerland has a strong investment and business footprint in Zimbabwe and we wanted to see how we could welcome more Zimbabwean businesses to Switzerland as a hub in Central Europe,” Ambassador Jaeger said.

The agricultural sector as well as sectors like mining are seen as areas where the 2030 vision, to create an upper middle income society, should be leveraged.

As the healthcare sector transforms to match international best practices and deliver quality care to all.

Zimbabwe has also pledged to boost its manufacturing of medical consumables to improve health services.

Ambassador Jaeger noted that his country is committed to participating in the country’s investment drive.

“Our discussion also focused on Swiss pharmaceutical companies and how they can provide high quality medicines to Zimbabwe through direct procurement.

“I also briefed His Excellency on the development programs that Switzerland is supporting in Zimbabwe through the Swiss Development Agency in partnership with the authorities here, particularly in the health sector.”

Switzerland’s economy is one of the most advanced and developed market economies in the world with very low levels of unemployment and a highly skilled workforce for which Zimbabwe is also renowned.

Zimbabwe has revised its foreign policy focus to foster trade and investment and boost the country’s exports as well as job creation as a means of improving people’s livelihoods.

Mary I. Bruner