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Trade between SA, Switzerland growing

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies met with his Swiss counterpart in Berne on Thursday.

Rob Davies. Picture: GCIS

BERNE - Trade between South Africa and Switzerland has been growing steadily over the last few years, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday.

Earlier, he met with his Swiss counterpart in Berne.

South Africa exports minerals and agricultural produce to the European country, while it imports manufactured machinery and pharmaceuticals.

Exports to Switzerland have grown 30 percent annually, Davies said.

The landlocked country is not part of the European Union (EU).

In light of the euro zone crisis, it is important to strengthen economic ties with Switzerland, Davies said.

The country's unique vocational education system, which supports apprenticeships, was also discussed.

Switzerland's very low youth unemployment rate has been attributed to its schooling structure.

Davies said while this does not fall under his mandate, he called on local businesses to promote skills training.