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.