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Raw materials: Switzerland calls for greater transparency in international gold trade

24.09.2020 — Press release Ghana
On 24 September, Switzerland submitted a proposal to the World Customs Organization (WCO) regarding an amendment to the international customs duty classification for gold. The aim of the proposal is to improve transparency and traceability in the international gold trade. Switzerland will already implement the proposed amendment for gold imports into Switzerland from 1 January 2021.




Federal Council adopts report on Switzerland's implementation of international humanitarian law

12.08.2020 — Local news Ghana
On 12 August 2020, the Federal Council adopted a voluntary report on the implementation of international humanitarian law by Switzerland. Seventy-one years after the adoption on 12 August 1949 of the Geneva Conventions, Switzerland is one of the first states to do so. Respecting, strengthening and promoting international humanitarian law are written into Switzerland's DNA. Switzerland intends to set an example and encourage other states to take similar initiatives. This would foster dialogue among states in order to improve the protection of victims of conflicts worldwide.


Coronavirus: Large-scale events in Switzerland to be permitted from October under strict conditions and with a permit

12.08.2020 — Press release Ghana
At its meeting on 12 August, the Federal Council took the decision to re-allow events for more than 1000 people from 1 October. Strict protective measures will apply and the events will have to be authorised by the cantons, taking into account the local epidemiological situation and their contact tracing capacity. The Federal Council thereby intends to ensure that the epidemiological situation in Switzerland does not deteriorate. At the same time, this careful reopening step takes into account the needs of society and the economic interests of sports clubs and cultural venues.


Coronavirus: Federal Council adopts second extraordinary addendum to 2020 budget

12.08.2020 — Press release Ghana
During its meeting on 12 August 2020, the Federal Council adopted Addendum IIb to the budget for 2020 via special dispatch. It submitted 13 supplementary credits for around CHF 770 million, aimed at cushioning the further impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bulk of the funds (476.4 mn) will be applied for as extraordinary payment requirements.  


Switzerland supports Ghanaian farmers against COVID-19

06.08.2020 — Local news Ghana
On 5 August 2020, Ambassador Philipp Stalder and the Country Director of GIZ Ghana Mme. Regina Barbosa, and under the Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other essential items to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help fight and contain the spread of COVID-19. The items were received by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Nurah Gyeile.



Swiss National Day and a new path on Swiss-Ghana Relations: 60 Years on.

30.07.2020 — Article Ghana
It has been more than seven centuries since three valleys in the Swiss mountains entered an alliance and laid the foundation of modern Switzerland. On 1st of August, Swiss all over the world celebrate the origins and existence of our country which goes as far back as 1291.


Annual report on the activities of Swiss migration foreign policy

22.07.2020 — Press release Ghana
Irregular migration to Europe fell again in 2019 - Switzerland recorded the lowest number of asylum applications since 2007, but at the same time Greece recorded a sharp increase in landings from Turkey. Against this background, Switzerland last year advocated both a reform of the Dublin system and a balanced responsibility for people in need of protection within Europe, as well as a strengthening of Europe's external borders. Support for countries of origin, transit and host countries will become even more relevant with the global health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. This is stated by the Federal Council in its annual report on migration foreign policy, which it approved in its meeting on 24 June 2020.

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