Opening of Australian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
- Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Today the Australian Government officially opened Australia's new Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
The opening of the Embassy by the Minister for Trade and Tourism, Don Farrell marks a significant milestone in Australia's relationship with Switzerland and demonstrates the importance we place on deepening our engagement with the Swiss Government and people.
In 2021 Switzerland was Australia's 11th largest source of investment with the total stock of Swiss investment in Australia valued at over $69 billion, Switzerland was also Australia's 19th largest two-way trading partner.
Australia's presence in Switzerland now includes the Embassy in Bern, the Austrade Office in Zurich and Australia's Permanent Mission and Consulate-General in Geneva.
Quote attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:
“Our partnership with Switzerland dates back over 60 years, and the opening of the Bern embassy is a testament to our enduring relationship and close cooperation.”
“We build on this cooperation to respond to global challenges while deepening our combined efforts on strategic, economic, security and consular issues.
“I appreciate the support of the Government of Switzerland for Australia's expanded presence.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell:
“I was honoured to be in Bern to officially open the Australian Embassy to Switzerland.”
“This Embassy will work to expand our already strong trade and investment ties with Switzerland, further building our partnerships in business, research and development, and innovation, including increased cooperation on climate action.”
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