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Notes JOINT DECLARATION OF INTENT on the Cooperation of Vocational and Professional Education and Training, Career and Technical Education and Apprenticeships between the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Confederation, of the one part, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor, of the other part The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Confederation, of the one part, and the Departments of Commerce, Education and Labor of the United States of America, of the other part (collectively referred to herein as “the Participants”) share a common belief in the importance of promoting education and training as a factor in individual development and achievement, economic development, and social growth, as well as a means for strengthening the ties between the two countries. The Participants also acknowledge the significance of supporting education and training programs built in partnership with employers—particularly career and technical education, vocational and professional education and training, and apprenticeships (collectively referred to herein as Education and Training Systems: See Appendix for definitions) with the aim of providing businesses with access to more highly-skilled workers and helping individuals fulfill their potential in achieving superior theoretical and technical skills, thereby promoting productivity and economic growth, improving compensation for workers, and creating greater pathways to quality careers. This Joint Declaration of Intent provides a framework in which the Participants may identify and explore cooperation in the area of Education and Training Systems, increase learning from one another, and fosters joint future initiatives and measures as a result of this cooperation.