The meeting was an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the objectives of the Ministry as well as to present Switzerland’s current and future focus in Serbia. Both sides expressed satisfaction about the development of the bilateral relations. Despite the current pandemic, bilateral trade between Serbia and Switzerland continued to grow in 2020 and Switzerland is among the most important direct foreign investors in Serbia. More than 100 Swiss companies are successfully operating in Serbia, employing directly over 12’000 persons.
The Swiss Embassy and the Ministry are also working together in a number of projects aimed at improving the economic legislative framework of Serbia, e.g. regarding insolvency of entrepreneurs or in the area of oversight of municipal enterprises. These projects are part of the Swiss cooperation program in Serbia through which more than 20 million Euros of Swiss public funds are invested in Serbia every year. As the Ambassador underlined, Switzerland intends to continue supporting the economic reforms of the Serbian Government, with a special focus on governance and with the aim of further improving the business and investment environment in Serbia.