President Ueli Maurer’s review after 31 bilateral meetings at WEF 2019

efdBetween Monday and Friday, President Ueli Maurer held 31 meetings with heads of state and government, finance ministers and high-ranking private sector representatives. Aside from bilateral issues, the main topics of his talks were the development of the world economy, European issues, financial and tax issues as well as digital transformation.

President Ueli Maurer’s programme featured meetings with 20 heads of state and government and finance ministers and 11 meetings with business representatives. During the meetings with President Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, UK, mutual agreements were signed, i.e. a protocol of amendment to the double taxation agreement with Ukraine and an insurance agreement and transport agreement with the United Kingdom.

During the meetings with representatives from the EU (including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici), President Maurer discussed Switzerland’s current situation and position regarding the institutional framework agreement with the EU and explained the course of action initiated by the Federal Council. The President was accompanied by his colleagues Ignazio Cassis and Guy Parmelin at several meetings. His discussions in the area of digital transformation, including with Apple CEO Tim Cook, focused on current developments, including regulatory and tax issues.