Switzerland’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs Marie- Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch paid an visit to the ASEAN Secretariat and met with Deputy-Secretary General of the ASEAN Lim Hong Hin on April 20.

Deputy Secretary General Lim Hong Hin expressed his appreciation for the European country’s interest in strengthening its economic cooperation with the ASEAN.

He briefed the Swiss guest on the progress towards establishing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), including efforts to enact high-impact initiatives for the business community such as administrative regulations, customs procedures and standards.

He also touched upon the progress made in trade agreements including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) based on the ASEAN+1 Free Trade Areas.

In return, the Swiss State Secretary praised the preparatory efforts for the AEC and reaffirmed Switzerland's interest in further intensifying its relations with the ASEAN and its member states, especially in economic cooperation.-VNA