SWITZERLAND - Innovation Key to Recovery

Arno Froese

Innovation has been a driving force behind Switzerland’s financial success in recent years, and will be essential for its post COVID-19 economic recovery. 

The country has the world’s highest R&D spend per capita and was the top-ranked nation in the Global Innovation Index, based on indicators including investments, patent applications and high-tech exports. 

“Switzerland doesn’t have any oil fields, but we have brains,” said Swiss National Science Foundation spokesman Christophe Giovannini. The SNSF distributes 1 billion francs a year to research projects. 

“Education, developing the minds and skills of young people, and research and innovation are key to the economic welfare of the country.”

Novamem, a maker of separation technology based near Zurich, has adapted the plastic membranes it uses in water filters to use in face masks. 

“Launching a new product in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis was a bit of a risk, but we thought we can do this,” said Chief Technology Officer Michael Loepfe. 

“We developed and adapted our existing water membrane in one month. We changed the size of the pores within the membrane so that people could breathe through it.” 

“Corona actually enabled us to build up a second pillar for our company. We are only small at the moment, but who knows what the future will bring,” Loepfe said. 

-www.reuters.com, 27 August 2020

Arno's commentary

When one speaks of peace, security, and prosperity, Switzerland comes to mind. “Everyone wants to come to Switzerland,” was recently stated in an article. According to Wikipedia, 29.9% of residents in Switzerland are foreign-born (in the US, 15.4%). Apparently, “the more foreigners, the better.” 

While this company is considered a “backyard” firm, one must keep in mind that giants like Apple started in a garage.

Switzerland is landlocked, yet the nation operates no less than 574 ships, carrying 3,850,456 tons of freight. They comprise 16% of the world’s shipping container companies, just 1% below the world leader: Denmark.

When it come to food, the Swiss company Nestle operates the world’s biggest food distributor.

Interestingly, only Switzerland is allowed to display their national flag in a square format. All others are rectangular. The flag depicts the Red Cross in reverse—a white cross on a red background. 

This neutral and fiercely independent country only became a full member of the United Nations on 10 September 2002. The often-asked question: will Switzerland become a member of the EU? That answer is mostly likely “no” for the foreseeable future.

During a conversation with Norbert Lieth, it was revealed that virtually all laws passed by the European Union are quickly adopted in Switzerland as well.

What is the future of this marvelous country? The same as all others: there is none. All nations of the world will ultimately find their end, as prophesied in Daniel 2:45: “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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