Presidential Recognition – Ambassador Jorge Castro-Valle K.

Jorge Castro-Valle Kuehne, Ambassador of Mexico in Switzerland, received a Presidential Recognition as “Eminent Ambassador” for his merits in the Mexican Foreign Services.
Link to the special ceremony

Switzerland – Latin America Economic Relations Report 2017 by SECO

Report on the Bilateral Economic Relations Between Switzerland and Latin America 2017 published by The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Click here for the report Switzerland – Latin America Economic Relations Report 2017.

IDB – New Trends in Trade Agreements in Latin America & the Caribbean

We like to inform you that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) offers free online course on New Trends in Trade Agreements in Latin America & the Caribbean that will start on October 25.
In this course you will learn how trade agreements work and what they mean for Latin America and the Caribbean. You will also learn about opportunities, challenges and implications these agreements have for people, businesses, and countries? What can be done to maximize their benefits? This course is aimed at those interested in learning the practical aspects of how trade agreements work, and how to make the most of them. For more information click here.

Paraguay – Meat Importers Trade Mission

Planned for mid-November 2016 and March 2017.
For additional information please click here.

President of Peru Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski addresses LATCAM

With great pride our members remember the most informative presentation of President Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski on “Economic Outlook for Latin America and Prospects for Peru” at LATCAM at the luncheon on May 10, 2010 in Zurich. On June 12, 2016 LATCAM expressed our sincere congratulations for wining the presidential elections of Peru, and wished President Kuczynski best of success fulfilling the very demanding job as the President of Peru. On August 9, 2016 we received a thank you note from President Kuczyinski also expressing … “We are confident in the future of Peru and we will do our best for our country.”

Click here to see the Letter

Guatemala Investment Summit 2016 on Nov 9 and 10, 2016 in Guatemala City

The Guatemala Investment Summit 2016 will take place on November 9 and 10, 2016 in Guatemala City. This international event is being organized by the Cámara de Industria de Guatemala together with the government of Guatemala through the Ministry of Economy.

The Guatemala Investment Summit 2016 aims to bring together more than two thousand participants of the Central American business world with about 250 investors and members of the international private sector from around the world to establish strategic and business alliances and learn about investment opportunities in projects public – private for USD 9 billion and public-private partnerships in different sectors.

We have been informed that there are interesting incentive packages available for interested parties. If there is interest, you could to enroll under http://www.gis.com.gt/2016/index.php/en and submit your incentive requests before Sep 30 (air fares) and before Oct 31 (hotel).

Click here for the letter from the organizers and relevant information. Invitation Letter Investment Summit 2016 and Flyer Investment Summit GTI 2016

For more information you could also contact the Embassy of Guatemala in Switzerland (mailito: guatemala@bluewin.ch, www.suiza.minex.gob.gt).

Latin American Day 2016

The Latin American Day 2016, the yearly flagship Conference of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (Latcam) organized in partnership with Switzerland Global Enterprise on May 11, 2016 at SIX Convention Point.

The presentations covered an overall appraisal of the investment climate in Latam, the political and economic relationship between Switzerland and Latin America, and the agenda of upcoming negotiations of Switzerland and Latin America, company testimonials of Swiss Small and Medium-sized Enterprises which candidly shared their experiences of doing business in Latin America with the audience.

The conference was attended by over 90 participants from Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, large companies, Ambassadors of Embassies of Latin American countries in Switzerland, as well as high ranking officials of the State Secretariat of Foreign Affairs which also contributed with keynote presentations.

Dr. Richard Friedl President Latcam

 

Daniel Küng, CEO, Switzerland Global Enterprise

 

Minister Philippe Nell, SECO

 

Giacomo Manuel Solari State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs

 

Auditorium SIX Convention Point

Latcam welcomes new Managing Director on May 1, 2016

 

Joaquin Fischer is the new Managing Director of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (Latcam) as of May 1, 2016. Joaquin Fischer has been on the Latcam Board for several years and was its Treasurer for the past 3 years, so he is very familiar with Latcam activities.

Dorit Sallis has been managing the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (Latcam) ad interim for the past year. Dorit did an excellent job as Managing Director, actively promoting bilateral Swiss-Latin American business.

 

Joaquin Fischer, Latcam’s new Managing Director.

Latcam’s Brazil Seminar examines future of the Brazilian market, April 19, 2016

Latcam’s Business Seminar on Brazil took place on April 19, 2016 at Zürcher Kantonalbank Steinfels, Zurich. It was a timely moment for such an event given recent political developments against the backdrop of the country’s economic slowdown. After opening the event, Richard Friedl, Latcam  President gave the floor to the new Brazilian Ambassador in Switzerland, HE Ambassador José Borges do Santos Junior to introduce the topic. ZKB Economic Beat Schumacher did an in-depth assessment of the Brazilian market. Latcam member Michael Baier, Attornes, Wenger & Vieli AG and his partner in Brazil, Christian Moretz, Felsberg Advogados Brazil discussed the legal requirements to operate a business successfully in Brazil. Hans-Ulrich Spiess showcased Global Telemed, his tele-medical services company in Brazil and Latin America. The challenges and best practices of doing an acquisition or join venture in Brazil were presented by Hans-Peter Weilenmann, Network Selection AG. Minister Philipp Nell, SECO, made a very informative impromtu statement about bilateral Swiss-Brazilian Relations. Brazil has expressed interest to enter negotiations on a free trade Agreement with EFTA. Perhaps the economic slow-down will ultimately have the benefit of forging even stronger bilateral trade ties between our countries.

Beat Schumacher, Economist, Zürcher Kantonalbank.

 

Richard Friedl, President, Latcam

 

HE Ambassador José Borges do Santos Júnior

 

Minister Philippe Nell, SECO

 

The audience listens attentively.

 

Michael Baier, Wenger & Vieli AG and Christian Moritz, Felsberg Advogados Brazil