Video meeting LATCAM – Swiss Panamanian Chamber of Commerce

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.





Launch of new private-public initiative FinanceSwiss

Watch the video message featuring some of the leaders of Switzerland’s financial sector: Video in English

For more details on the initiative, go to the “Partners” section of this website, click on “Various Swiss Organizations” and then on FinanceSwiss

Mexiko als wichtiger Handelspartner mit viel Potenzial (economiesuisse)

To read the article (German), please click on the following LINK

2nd Roundtable with Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Treasurer Manfred Ebling represented LATCAM at the 2nd (virtual) Roundtable. We thank in particular our Board members Julius Bär, Bühler Group and Zurich Insurance for providing us their input, which Manfred integrated in the preparatory paper ahead of the virtual discussion.

To read the Press Release, please click on the various links:

Official Press Release GERMAN, FRENCH and ITALIAN

Article from economiesuisse GERMAN

Interview with Dr. Augusto López-Claros on female leadership (Lavanguardia)

Dr. Augusto López-Claros, our first webinar speaker in 2020, talks about the advantages of female leadership in an interview with Lavanguardia:

“Gobiernos y bancos liderados por mujeres son menos corruptos”

To read the article, please click on the following LINK

Webinar Peru: Promoting investments in Infrastructure (Proinversión)

WEBINAR: “PERU: PROMOTING INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE”, October 20th, 2020, at 09:00 am (Peruvian time), 16:00 (Swiss time).

The Embassy of Peru is very pleased to invite you to participate in the webinar “Peru: Promoting Investments in Infrastructure”, which will take place on October 20th, 2020. In this webinar the Peruvian economic policy and investment opportunities in infrastructure projects will be presented.

The Minister of Economy and Finance María Antonieta Alva and the Executive Director of the Peruvian investment promotion agency (PROINVERSION) Rafael Ugaz are the key speakers in this event.

Peru is implementing a National Infrastructure Plan to reduce the infrastructure gap, which, projected for 20 years, amounts to approximately U $ 110 billion. The current portfolio of investment projects at the multisectoral level amounts to US $ 5,900 m.

The participation in the webinar is free. In order to participate, the interested company should previously register at the link below.

Four further information, a Guide for Investment in Infrastructure in Peru 2020/2021 has been made available to the investors, which can be downloaded at the following link:

A summary in English of the aforementioned guide can be accessed at the following link:

The Embassy of Peru would appreciate to be informed if your company has registered to participate in this webinar to the email:

Bern, October 14, 2020.

WEBINAR: “PERU: PROMOVIENDO INVERSIONES EN INFRAESTRUCTURA”, Octubre 20, 2020, a las 09:00 am (Hora peruana), 16:00 h (hora Suiza).

La Embajada del Perú tiene el agrado de invitarlo a participar en un webinar sobre “Perú: Promoviendo Inversiones en Infraestructura” que tendrá lugar el 20 de Octubre próximo en el cual se presentará la política económica del Perú y las oportunidades de inversiones en proyectos de infraestructura.

Se tiene prevista la participación de la Ministra de Economía y Finanzas María Antonieta Alva y del Director Ejecutivo de la agencia peruana de promoción de las inversiones (PROINVERSION) Rafael Ugaz.

El Perú está implementando un Plan Nacional de Infraestructura para reducir la brecha en infraestructura, el que proyectado a 20 años asciende a US$110 mil millones aprox..El actual portafolio de proyectos de inversiones a nivel multisectorial asciende a US$5,900 m.

La participación es gratuita para lo cual la empresa interesada se tiene que inscribir en el enlace abajo.

Adicionalmente se ha puesto a disposición del inversionista una Guía para la Inversión en Infraestructura en el Perú 2020/2021, la cual puede ser descargada en el siguiente enlace:

Se puede acceder a  un resumen en inglés de la citada guía en el siguiente enlace:

La Embajada del Perú agradecerá se le haga conocer si se ha registrado a este webinar al email:

Berna, 14 de Octubre de 2020.


Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (PROINVERSION) presents a webinar on October 20th entitled “Peru: Fostering investment in infrastructure”. This free webinar brings an insight on the Peruvian stability in macro policies, market strength and investment opportunities in infrastructure projects.

A National Infrastructure Plan is being implemented by the Peruvian government, creating an attractive hub of investment in LATAM and bringing development to reduce the infrastructure gap.

The progress in PPP projects is a flagship for the Peruvian government, having as a result, the successfulprojects awarded. The current project portfolio brings new investment opportunities in multisectoral projectsfor an amount of US$ 5,900M.


Honorary Ambassador of LATCAM, Dr. Philippe G. Nell, publishes his latest book

LATCAM is proud to publicize Dr. Philippe G. Nell’s latest book  “Strategy with China: Swiss Cooperation or U.S. Confrontation. The Swiss Successful Path with a Free Trade Agreement” available at the Foundation Jean Monnet for Europe in Lausanne.

For more information, please click on the LINK.

Swiss Federal Council grants additional funds to relieve exporting companies

On September 25, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided to grant addional funds of CHF 2.6 mn to subsidize federal exports in 2021 and, thus, relieve Swiss exporting companies.

To read more, click on the following links:

Bericht Runder Tisch Exportwirtschaft 11.08.2020

Beilage 1_Teilnehmerliste Runder Tisch

Press Release FR GE IT