The diplomatic missions of Ukraine and Switzerland have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of science diplomacy, in particular, the implementation of a project on the mass production of low cost lung ventilators.
Ukrinform learnt this from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Swiss Confederation.
"The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation took place in Bern on June 30,” reads the statement.
The document was signed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine Artem Rybchenko and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis.
The statement says that Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich), together with Ukrainian engineers, developed a low-cost lung ventilator, consisting of easily accessible components.
As part of the Memorandum, the sides agreed on the allocation of 1.5 million Swiss francs by the Swiss side to implement the first phase of this project at the production site of a high-tech Ukrainian state enterprise. During the ceremony, a prototype of the lung ventilator of joint development was presented.
Ambassador Rybchenko noted the importance of cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland in science diplomacy, which creates a new platform for fruitful cooperation for the benefit of humankind. As the world has faced a large number of challenges that can be solved precisely due to scientific and innovative developments.
In turn, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Cassis has called the joint project a sign of Switzerland’s good relations with Ukraine. “We support our partners in Ukraine and help people around the world by investing in peace, freedom and prosperity,” he said
In addition, during the meeting, Ukrainian Ambassador Rybchenko and Swiss Federal Councillor Cassis discussed a number of topical issues of bilateral relations and main world events.