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Novartis, a swiss multinational pharmaceutical company expresses keen interest to explore the Mauritian market

An Agreement on political consultations will be signed on 7 August 2017 between Mauritius and Switzerland.  This area of cooperation was discussed yesterday afternoon during a courtesy call by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Mauritius with residence in Pretoria, Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda, on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the Treasury Building, in Port Louis.
In a statement following the courtesy call, the Swiss Ambassador described the meeting with the Prime Minister as excellent and cordial.  The first edition of the Swiss Week will be launched on 4 August 2017 and will comprise of events such as culture, gastronomy, music, and cinema, she highlighted.  She added that a workshop on Innovation, in collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Directors, will also be organised.
Speaking about the healthcare sector, the Swiss Ambassador pointed out that Novartis, a Swiss enterprise, which is very active in the region, is keenly interested to explore the Mauritian market.
The Swiss Ambassador, born in Zurich, holds an MBA from Externado de Colombia University, Bogota, in Columbia.  She joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1985.  Between 1985 and 2000, Mrs Budliger Artieda was posted at in several missions abroad namely: Lagos, Havana, San Francisco, Strasbourg, Lima and Bogota.  In 2006, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the FDFA and where, from 2008 to September 2015, served as Director General of the Directorate for Resources with the rank of Ambassador.  In this capacity, she was responsible for the human and financial resources, facilities, information technology as well as security of the FDFA.  She was the Minister’s principal advisor on management issues.
Both Switzerland and Mauritius share friendly and warm ties.  Mauritius is the home to 737 Swiss Nationals.  The Short-stay Visa Waiver Agreement and the Agreement on Mutual Exemption for holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports were signed on 26 October 2010.
Exports to Switzerland have consistently increased.  Main exports comprise pineapple, cane sugar, dials and clock and watches parts. Mauritius imports include coffee, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones and cereal products.
4th August 2017