Signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Swiss Federal Council on Cooperation in Science and Technology
July 10, 2007
The signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Swiss Federal Council on Cooperation in Science and Technology took place in Tokyo (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on July 10 (Tue) between Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Japanese side, and Federal Councillor Pascal Chouchepin, Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Vice-President of the Swiss Confederation, on the Swiss side.
- Main Points of the Agreement
(1)Japan-Switzerland Relations The Agreement stipulates the development of co-operative activities for peaceful purposes in the field of science and technology, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, and also to protect forms of cooperative activities and intellectual property.
(2) Both Governments will establish a Joint Committee in order to implement the Agreement effectively.
(3) The Agreement will initially remain in force for a period of two years (and will continue in force unless either Government informs the other that it intends to terminate it).
- Background of the Negotiations
Cooperation in science and technology between the Governments of Japan and Switzerland had been promoted steadily. From a viewpoint of further promoting it, the Swiss side suggested the conclusion of the Agreement, and as the result of negotiations, the Agreement has been signed.
- Meaning of the Agreement
The conclusion of the Agreement will provide a new cooperative framework in the field of science and technology between Japan and Switzerland, and it is expected that the friendly relations between the two countries will be further promoted by the Agreement.