Brainstorming with Diplomacy

November 18, 2019

Linda Walker von Graffenried, Vice President of the LATCAM Board, Philippe Nell, Honorary Ambassador of the LATCAM Board, and Tatjana Gaspar, Managing Director of LATCAM, were invited by Ana Rosa Valdivieso, Ambassador of Peru to Switzerland, to take part in an informal luncheon at the residence of the Peruvian Ambassador and in the presence of Ambassadors and Embassy officials of other Latin American countries. The purpose was to open a dialogue about opportunities of mutual cooperation by strengthening ties with LATCAM, get a perspective on potential LATCAM events under consideration for 2020 and give all diplomats present a possibility to ask questions and present their views.

Focus on Uruguay

November 13, 2019

Philippe Nell, Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM, joined Alejandro Garofali, Ambassador of Uruguay to Switzerland, to meet Marcos Esteve, CEO of Banque Heritage, for lunch at the bank’s headquarters in Geneva. Banque Heritage being the only Swiss bank established in Uruguay, topics of the discussion were opportunities for Swiss banks in Uruguay as well as banking and policies affecting Uruguay’s competitiveness.

Meeting ProChile

October 31, 2019

LATCAM Board Members Gabriela Lippe-Holst and Manfred Ebling held a meeting in Zurich with Francisco Gormaz, Ambassador of Chile to Switzerland, Minister Counsellor Roberto Plaza Cañas and Dr. Marcelo Villagrán, Trade Representative at the General Consulate of Chile in Munich, engaging in a productive discussion about developing and improving business relations between Switzerland and Chile.

Foreign Affairs (Nov/Dec 2019 issue)

Foreign Affairs (Nov/Dec 2019 issue) article “Why Latin America Was Primed to Explode” by Moisés Naím and Brian Winter:

The entire article can be read by subscription only.

Meeting a Brazilian Indigenous Delegation

November 8, 2019:
Ramon Esteve, Chairman of the Board of LATCAM, and Dr. Philippe Nell, Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM, meeting with a Delegation of Brazilian Indigenous Populations and a Delegation of the STSA in Geneva, discussing threats to the Amazon Region and opportunities of the FTA.

Fact Sheet Amazonas

A Statement on the above meeting by Ramon Esteve will be sent to our Members.


S-GE Event: Business Opportunities in the Brazilian Market

An overview on how to navigate the Brazilian Market

The Brasilea Foundation, in cooperation with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), invites interested companies to the event taking place on November 26th 2019 in Basel to get to know more about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Latin America’s largest market.

For more information please consult the flyer (download)

Tatjana Gaspar new Managing Director at LATCAM

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland would like to inform that, as of 1 November 2019, Tatjana Gaspar will take over as Managing Director from Joaquín Fischer.

Tatjana Gaspar worked for seven years at the WEF in Geneva and was subsequently a Senior Relationship Manager in international private banking divisions at various banks in Zurich for nearly twenty years. Drawing on her professional expertise, she now works as an independent coach and consultant. She holds a Master’s Degree in Hispanic and Russian literature and history from the University of Geneva and has undertaken various additional studies including macro and micro-economics at the London School of Economics and behavioral finance at Zurich University. During four years, Tatjana Gaspar has been the President of the Zurich Club of Business and Professional Women, one of the oldest and largest international organizations of female professionals. She is fluent in six languages.

The Board of Directors of LATCAM is convinced that Tatjana Gaspar brings the necessary spirit and will manage the Chamber’s manifold projects and tasks with energy and passion.

The Board of Directors also wants to recognize and thank Joaquín Fischer for his outstanding service. He has been Managing Director of LATCAM since 2016.

In the name of the Board I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust.

Kind regards,

Ramon M. Esteve
President of the Board of Directors

Announcement (download)


Opportunities and challenges of entering a booming market

Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) in cooperation with SECO invite interested companies to the Medtech event taking place on September 17th in Bern to get to know more about the potentialities of the growing Brazilian Medtech market and the various opportunities it presents.

For more details please refer to the event flyer (download)

or click the following link (here)

Brasil Investment Forum 2019

The Brazilian Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invite to join the Brasil Investment Forum – BIF 2019, to be held on October 10 and 11, 2019, at the World Trade Center, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Download invitation here: Invitation

CEPAL: Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2019. The new global financial context: effects and transmission mechanisms in the region



The 2019 edition of the Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean consists of three parts. Part I outlines the region’s economic performance in 2018 and analyses trends in the early months of 2019, as well as the outlook for the rest of the year. It examines the external and domestic factors that have influenced the region’s economic performance, analyses the characteristics of economic growth, prices and the labour market. It also draws attention to some of the macroeconomic policy challenges, given that there is less space to implement such policies against a backdrop of continuing low economic growth, a high degree of uncertainty and an increasingly complex international scenario.
Part II of this edition analyses the changes in the international financial system following the global financial crisis of 2007–2008. The changes observed are in response to, inter alia, the impact this crisis had on the structure and functioning of the global financial system, as well as quantitative easing policies implemented in developed countries to address the effects of the crisis on the financial and real sectors of their economies.
Part III of this publication may be accessed on the website of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( …. (read more)