For the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States, 2017 was a year full of events with an extensive impact on its priorities.
In addition to representing Swiss interests in political, economic, financial and legal affairs as well as science, education and culture, the Embassy of Switzerland has been very active in building up its relationship with the new administration since Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States on January 21 of this year.
January also marked the kickoff of the very first Swiss Touch event at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Many more creative events that stimulated countless ideas followed throughout 2017.
In February, it was announced that Switzerland is among the largest investors in the United States. Did you know that Switzerland’s cumulative direct investment amounts to $258 billion?
Throughout the year, exchanges between Switzerland and the United States of America were also fostered in connection with the Swiss apprenticeship model.
And then there was the election of Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, the new head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the appointment of Edward T. McMullen as Ambassador of the United States to Switzerland.
Last but not least, Ambassador Martin Dahinden is a culinary connoisseur. Therefore their focus on culinary diplomacy and the culinary arts should not be forgotten.