Paul Garnier, Switzerland's new ambassador - Press Photo
CAIRO – 5 October 2017: Paul Garnier, Switzerland's new ambassador to Cairo, affirmed Wednesday his country's full commitment by supporting Egypt in different fields, especially through economic bilateral relations.
In a celebration that marked the 126th anniversary of the Swiss National Day at the embassy in downtown Cairo, Garnier revealed that Swiss companies offered more than 30,000 job opportunities in Egypt and $1.85 billion’s worth of investments.
“The visit of the economic Swiss delegation under the auspices of Mary Gabriel, minster of Swiss economy, in the upcoming November will boost the joint economic relations between the two countries,” he added.
Garnier referred to the cooperation strategy that has been running for 40 years, which includes government programs aimed at reducing the rate of population growth as well as supporting services and small projects. He also pointed out that Switzerland has already devised projects to eradicate clean water issues in Upper Egypt.
Garnier praised the role of Egypt in reconciling Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, in addition to Egypt’s efforts in reinforcing peace and stability in the Middle East.
The celebration was attended by Khaled al-Anani, minister of Antiquities, Khaled Fahmi, minister of Environment, along with the ambassadors of France, Côte d'Ivoire, Ukraine, Germany, Estonia, Macedonia and the Philippines.
In August 1, 1891, Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed a confederation that established Switzerland. Ever since, the Swiss always celebrate August 1.