Every cloud has a silver lining – or – No hay mal que por bien no venga!
Extraordinary, corona-induced circumstances prompted us to put together the first bilateral video meeting between two Chambers of Commerce.
Board Members of the The Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland met with Board Members of the Swiss-Argentine Chamber of Commerce in a bilingual (E/S) videoconference aiming at discussing how both countries cope with the new reality surrounding COVID-19. The video meeting was also attended by H.E. Heinrich Schellenberg, Ambassador of Switzerland to Argentina, with a special address to participants. The Presidents of both our Chambers, Ernesto Kohen (Grupo Chronex) and Ramon Esteve (ECOM Agroindustrial Ltd.), emphasized the importance and value of a strong and productive bilateral cooperation going forward. The main focus of the meeting was on assessing the current situation both in Argentina and Switzerland with the serious economic fall-out due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty with regard to the future.
Participants from Argentina included Rodolfo Dietl (Leonhardt & Dietl Abogados), Fabián von Brocke and Alfredo Rodríguez (Just Int’l Latin America), Eduardo Maclean (Rolex Argentina), Fernando Bekes (Firmenich Argentina), Héctor Pourtale and Gian Andri Bivetti (Roche Argentina), Leandro Bel (Nestlé Argentina), Alberto Lisdero (Estudio Lisdero Abogados), Jorge Fassbind (Secretario CCSA) and Cecilia Dibárbora (Manager CCSA). Participants from Switzerland included Linda Walker von Graffenried (Walker von Graffenried Asset Management), Manfred A. Ebling (Zurich Insurance), Sarah Höhener (Bank Julius Baer), Matthias Musch (UBS), Dr. Philippe G. Nell (Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM), Tatjana Gaspar (Managing Director of LATCAM) as well as Martina Bietenhader (Switzerland Global Enterprise).
To read the remarks made by Dr. Philippe Nell, Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM, on how Switzerland has so far been coping with the consequences of COVID-19, please click on the following LINK