Agreement on Labour and Employment Cooperation between the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Confederation and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of The People’s Republic of China

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Confederation and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of The People’s Republic of China (hereinafter individually referred to as a “Party” or collectively as the “Parties”):

DESIRING to strengthen the longstanding economic and political relationship between China and Switzerland;

COMMITTED to the pursuit of sustainable development, taking into account the social, cultural and economic circumstances of China and Switzerland, and noting that the promotion of the social dimension of sustainable development is essential for long term economic prosperity;

DESIRING to strengthen bilateral cooperation to contribute to the development of appropriate global approaches to sustainable development issues;

RECALLING the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation regarding Cooperation on Labour and Employment Issues of 15 June 2011;

CONSIDERING the objectives of the International Labour Organisation (hereinafter referred to as the “ILO”) of which China and Switzerland are members;

CONVINCED that cooperation between the Parties relating to labour and employment will serve their mutual interests and contribute to strengthening the relations of friendship between China and Switzerland,

HAVE AGREED:

ARTICLE 1

Objectives and Scope

1. The Parties resolve to improve working conditions, promote decent work and protect and enhance basic workers’ rights, taking into account the different domestic contexts, including development, social, cultural and historical backgrounds.

2. The Parties will strengthen bilateral cooperation relating to labour and employment as part of a global approach to trade and sustainable development.

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