First Stepping Stone Symposium Welcome to the First Stepping Stone Symposium of our Sino-Swiss Competence Centre on Review ofChina-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement Funded by the Sino Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation (SSSTC) program, the current symposium on Review of China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement is the first Stepping Stone Symposium on this topic. It intends to bring together academic experts and business representatives from Switzerland and China to review the implementation of China-Switzerland FTA. One aim is to identify key impediments to fulfill the FTA’s full potential and identify possible ways for improvement in the areas of rule-making and market liberalization. The purpose is to help upgrade this FTA into a model agreement encompassing best practices to help China as well as other emerging economies pursue deeper integration into global trade and investment to the benefits of not only these economies, but also of their partner countries including Switzerland and the global community at large. The Symposium saw the launch of the research initiative focusing on the China-Switzerland FTA and discussed other pertinent subjects of common interest. It was followed up by the signing of the SSCC agreement between the HSG and the UIBE. Find out more on the programme of our launch event.