Sustainable coffee farming in Central America (sponsored by ECOM)

Do you fancy a nice, strong coffee? Do you have sustainability at heart? Here’s a YouTube video featuring passionate coffee producers who care about their sensitive environment.

The company of LATCAM’s President Ramon Esteve, ECOM, a leading Swiss trader in coffee, cocoa and cotton, sponsored the video, which we hope you will enjoy.

To watch the YouTube video, click on the following LINK.

Video meeting LATCAM – Swiss Panamanian Chamber of Commerce (January 20, 2021)

The Road To Future Cooperation


LATCAM had the great pleasure to offer its Board members, for the second time, the opportunity for a productive virtual exchange with their peers of one of the bilateral Chambers of Commerce. Our discussion with the Board members of the Swiss-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce (SPCC) began with a welcome address by H.E. Gabriele Derighetti, Ambassador of Switzerland to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, who expressed his appreciation for the dynamism and commitment of SPCC’s team to solidarity, sustainability, simplicity and openness to suggestions. His remarks were followed by introductory statements of Dr. Philippe Nell, Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM who emphasized LATCAM’s dedication to generate added value for its members, and Andreas Eggenberg, President of SPCC who pointed out the major focus on the sectors health, well-being, financial services and infrastructure as well as the overall commitment to sustainability and education. The above statements were followed by a productive discussion and concluding statements by Dr. Philippe Nell as well as concrete steps to follow up on this first video meeting.

On LATCAM side, the participants included Linda Walker von Graffenried, Walker von Graffenried Asset Management, LATCAM Vice President; Tatjana Gaspar, LATCAM Managing Director; Manfred Elbling, Zurich Insurance, LATCAM Treasurer; Carlos Represas, Bombardier (former Nestlé), LATCAM Board Member; Philippe G. Nell, LATCAM Honorary Ambassador; Thomas Foerst, Switzerland Global Enterprise; Markus Poelzl, Bühler Group, LATCAM Board Member; Richard Bauer, Senior Media Consultant, Better Gold Initiative (former NZZ journalist); Atilano Bullos and Gabriel Urdaneta, both representing our Board member Mercantilbank Schweiz AG; and Kevin Kienast, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Bern.

On SPCC side, the participants included H.E. Gabriele Derighetti, Ambassador of Switzerland to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, SPCC Honorary President; Andreas Eggenberg, FUNDES, SPCC President; Elena Nathani Badrutt, SPCC Executive Director; Julio Vargas, SPCC Treasurer; Ysabella Castro, Roche, SPCC Counsellor; Stefan Zosso, RAENCO, SPCC Vice President; Christian Monsch, SPCC Counsellor; Geraldine Petterson, Honorary Consul of Switzerland; Jessica Julio, Nescens, SPCC Counsellor; Rita Duca, Deputy Chief of Mission and First Secretary, Swiss Embassy in Costa Rica; and Peter Baudenbacher, SPCC Counsellor, Nestlé.





A contribution from LATCAM member SERV: support of the Swiss exporters in times of COVID-19

Our corporate member SERV (Schweizerische Exportrisikoversicherung) supports Swiss exporters in times of COVID-19. To read in German, French or English, please click on the respective links:

Deutsch     Français     English


Online Event on Investment in Brazilian Infrastructure (by Itamaraty and APEX), July 28, 2020

Online Event on Investment in Brazilian Infrastructure by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil and the Brazilian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency APEX (in Portuguese with translation into English)

For more information, please click on the following LINK

Interview by Forbes Bolivia with Dr. Augusto López-Claros

Dr Augusto López-Claros speaks about the new world order in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences.

To watch and listen to the interview in Spanish, which was posted on Facebook, please click on this LINK

Video Meeting LATCAM – Swiss Argentine Chamber of Commerce








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

The IDB Group in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) publishes daily updates on the coronavirus situation in Latin America and the Caribbean.


A view of Latin America by one of the top opinion leaders, Augusto López Claros

Augusto López Claros is one of the top opinion leaders from Latin America. The international economist, speaker and author of numerous books has over 30 years of experience in senior positions at various international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Economic Forum and, most recently, the World Bank.

Read his latest Blog:


Publication by the IDB (Nov. 2019)

Trading Promises for Results

What Global Integration can do for Latin America and the Caribbean

(edited by Mauricio Mesquita Moreira and Ernesto Stein)

  • Excessive expectations on the promises of free trade led to disappointment, skepticism and reform fatigue, and in some cases, to policy reversals.
  • Liberalization brought many benefits, including faster growth. Our study finds that a tariff cut accelerates per capita GDP growth. And most Latin Americans favor deeper integration.
  • Some sectors and workers lose with free trade, however, and have incentives to block trade reform. Implementing good trade policies requires a deep understanding of the political economy of trade policy and an adequate institutional architecture for trade policy management.
  • Succesful trade policies also require a complementary agenda to facilitate factor reallocation and protect those who are made worse off, in order to make the most of the opportunities offered by global integration, while mitigating associated risks.

Read more, download or subscribe: Link

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.