Swiss Ambassador to China Shares Recipe for Swiss Innovative Leadership

Talent, education and quality are essential to the strength of the Central European country's innovation, the Swiss Ambassador to China pointed out.

Swiss Ambassador to China delivered a keynote speech at the 2023 T-EDGE Conference

Swiss Ambassador to China delivered a keynote speech at the 2023 T-EDGE Conference

BEIJING, December 2 (TMTPOST) – Swiss Ambassador to China Juerg Burri highlighted three elements that are crucial for Switzerland’s leadership over a decade in a global innovation race in his keynote speech delivered at the T-Edge Conference on Saturday in Beijing.

“First, the country has always been open to talent. Not just to the Swiss, but also to everyone who bring talent is welcome in my country,” he told hundreds of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from various countries and regions, adding that the country also offers peace, stability, low tax rates and beautiful landscape. 

Second, education and research have always been "a top priority" to his country, Burri noted.

Third, Swiss production always aims for “quality, sustainability and fair labor conditions,” but not for “low prices,” the ambassador pointed out.

He noted that Switzerland has always been a “good partner” for China. Switzerland has been one of the first countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China, and has also been among first Western countries to bring their companies to China.

 “These companies are innovative companies… and the key element is the partnership between Swiss companies and Chinese employees because Chinese employees bring in hard work, good education and dedication to innovation,” he explained.

The three-day annual T-EDGE Conference that kicked off on Friday features Sebastian Thrun, the father of the self-driving car, and Maye Musk, the modeling icon and a role model for women across the world, among many luminaries. 

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