From October 18th to 19th, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is on an official visit to the Swiss Confederation, upon the invitation of President Alain Berset.
“We received a warm welcome from President Alain Berset today in Bern. Switzerland, a trusted friend, has generously supported us over the years. The initiatives supported by the Swiss Cooperation Office in the Republic of Moldova have improved people’s quality of life,” stated the President.
Thanks to the support provided by the Swiss Confederation, thousands of Moldovans in rural areas have gained access to clean drinking water, maternity conditions, and adolescent healthcare services have been enhanced, and young people can pursue vocational education programs that meet market demands. Moreover, on Tuesday, October 17, in Chișinău, during the Moldova Support Platform event, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis announced a new assistance package that will further modernize the country and improve the standard of living for our citizens.
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During discussions with President Berset and members of the Federal Council, the head of state also addressed economic cooperation. Moldova signed a free trade agreement – EFTA – with Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway earlier this summer. After its ratification by the Swiss legislature, companies from both countries will benefit from increased opportunities. Additionally, cooperation in the fields of social security and tourism was formally established on this day. President Maia Sandu emphasized that Swiss partners support us in our fight against corruption so that those who have stolen from the country can be brought to justice.
“On behalf of all Moldovan citizens, I expressed my gratitude to President Berset, the members of the Federal Council, and all Swiss citizens for their unwavering support and continuous solidarity with Switzerland,” concluded the head of state.