Mongolia and Switzerland to cooperate in academic research and tourism

2019-06-24 17:44:10

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Speaker of the Parliament G.Zandanshatar held official talks with his Swiss counterpart Mrs. Marina Carobbio Guscetti today at the State House.

At the beginning of the meeting, Speaker expressed gratitude to Mrs. Marina Guscetti for accepting his invitation. He also noted that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and the 15th anniversary of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia.

In return, Mrs. Marina Guscetti expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and noted that she is confident that the agreements made during the Speaker’s visit to Switzerland will be confirmed after her visit. She also mentioned that Switzerland has provided CHF 100 million grant to the agriculture sector of Mongolia over the past 10 years, specifically to the improvement of pasture farming and livelihoods of herders.

Marking that Switzerland is Mongolia’s third neighbor and has been supporting the country since its transition to a market economy, Speaker G.Zandanshatar noted that the projects and programs have made tangible contribution to the improvement of people’s livelihoods. It was also requested to continue the projects and reflect it to the 2020-2022 strategy.

The parties discussed the development of joint academic research, innovation, cooperation between the universities and broad possibilities of expanding cooperation in tourism as well. The establishment of the Swiss Embassy in Mongolia was also discussed and the sides agreed to explore possibilities to address the issue.

At the conclusion, Mrs. Marina Guscetti expressed her appreciation for the expanding cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries and expressed confidence in further exchange of experience and regular high-level visits.

During her visit to Mongolia, Mrs. Marina Guscetti will pay courtesy call on President, meet with Foreign Minister and attend the Women’s Leadership international conference.