by swisscham in Bilateral Relations
Switzerland is opening a consulate general in November in the economic hot(s)pot Chengdu, the provincial capital of Southwestern ChinaÕs Sichuan, as part of the governmentÕs efforts to promote business between China and Switzerland and to further boost Sino-Swiss bilateral relations. Mr. Frank Eggmann has been appointed the consul general. An official opening ceremony of the consulate general has been scheduled for early 2017. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) decided to open a consulate general in Chengdu following a decision of the Federal Council. This will be Switzerland’s fifth official representation in China, in addition to the embassy in Beijing and the consulates general in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The tasks of the new consulate general will focus on the economy, trade, innovation and tourism. ÒTo open the consulate general in Chengdu recognizes the exciting prospects this city and region holds for Sino-Swiss relations. The new consulate general will no doubt upgrade the visibility of Switzerland in Western China and help promote the image of the innovative, creative and competitive Switzerland of today through either business or cultural activities,Ó said Swiss Ambassador to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel.