BANGALORE: Switzerland has set up a consulate general in Bangalore. It will cater to the southern states Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
“The consulate will promote trade, investment and tourism,” Switzerland’s ambassador to India Philippe Welti said at a meeting organized by FKCCI here on Friday.
Visas will be issued in the second half of next year when the consulate expects to move to a new building. Till then, services for the region will continue in Mumbai.
Welti said the issue of black money stashed in Swiss banks hasn’t impacted the ties between India and Switzerland.
Banking secrecy laws are not meant to protect criminal money or criminals, he said, and the Indian government will be entitled to get required details based on specific requests.
18 June 2011
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