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Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) stagnated in the 3rd quarter 2015 (0.0%)*. Positive contributions to GDP came from private (household) and public consumption. The balance of trade in goods** also contributed positively to GDP, whilst the balance of trade in services by contrast had a negative impact. On the production side healthcare and the insurance sector experienced the strongest growth. GDP grew by 0.8% compared with the 3rd quarter 2014; the GDP deflator (implicit price index) reduced by 1.2% in the same period.

Die OECD präsentiert am Dienstag, 1. Dezember 2015, den OECD-Länderbericht 2015 zur Schweizer Wirtschaftspolitik an einer Medienkonferenz. Diese findet statt um 14.30 Uhr im Medienzentrum Bundeshaus, Bundesgasse 8-12, 3003 Bern.

Switzerland is to increase its contribution to the African Development Fund (ADF), an integral part of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, by CHF 21 million. The funds are intended to strengthen the ADF’s ability to address the issues of state fragility and conflicts and to promote gender equality.

Vom 9. bis 11. November 2015 besuchte die Staatssekretärin für Wirtschaft Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch in Begleitung einer Wirtschaftsdelegation Algerien. Der Ständeratspräsident Claude Hêche nahm ebenfalls an dieser Mission teil. Der Besuch diente der Stärkung der bilateralen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen. Des Weiteren wurde die Wiederaufnahme der Freihandelsverhandlungen thematisiert.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO is stepping-up Swiss cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in developing countries with CHF 24 million over the coming five years.

Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Oktober 2015 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Oktober 2015 141’269 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 3’043 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote stieg damit von 3,2% im September 2015 auf 3,3% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 8’872 Personen (+6,7%).

Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will be paying a working visit to Brussels on 10 November. He will attend a meeting of EFTA ministers with the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council. He will also hold talks with EU Commissioners Jyrki Katainen and Carlos Moedas. Central topics of this visit will be Switzerland and Europe’s competitiveness and the country’s relations with the EU.

The last survey revealed that the consumer climate in Switzerland remained virtually unchanged between July and October 2015 and is still well below its historic average*. While a slight improvement in economic development is expected, household anticipations concerning future unemployment and job security have deteriorated. Expected price trends were revised slightly upwards.

On 21 October 2015, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed an agreement with the World Bank to support the new Extractive Global Programmatic Support Programme (EGPS) which promotes transparency and good governance in the commodities sectors of developing countries. The programme also contributes directly to the implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary standard on transparency regarding the management of natural resources. Switzerland supports the EGPS programme as part of the implementation of the Federal Council’s background report on commodities.

From 21 to 23 October 2015, the 30th board meeting of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) will be taking place in Bern. Within this meeting, experts will deepen the discussion about greater transparency and good governance in commodity trading. Ambassador Raymund Furrer will open the EITI week on 20 October 2015 at a symposium with experts from various governments, commodity companies and civil society organisations.

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