Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with Switzerland’s Swiss Federal Councillor, Guy Parmelin

January 19, 2023

Davos Platz, Switzerland – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Deputy United States Trade Representative Maria Pagán today met with Switzerland Federal Councillor, Guy Parmelin on the margins of the World Economic Forum. United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Scott Miller also joined the meeting.
Ambassador Tai thanked Councillor Parmelin for Switzerland’s gracious hospitality this week and they expressed their shared commitment to deepening the bilateral trade relationship. They also highlighted the recent U.S.-Switzerland Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), which will help streamline the movement of pharmaceutical goods and stressed the importance of working together to create resilient supply chains in a rapidly evolving global economy.
Ambassador Tai and Ambassador Pagán reiterated the U.S. commitment to working with Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on reform and identifying areas of common ground that will help make the WTO more responsive to the lives of all people. Ambassador Tai and Councillor Parmelin also discussed the WTO Ministerial Decision on the TRIPS Agreement to cover the production and supply of COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Parmelin agreed that they, and their teams, would remain in touch in the months ahead.