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Swiss Innovation Parks Cooperating with China

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Innovation parks in Switzerland and China are seeking to cooperate closely. In so doing, high-tech firms in China would look to set up subsidiaries in Switzerland. At the same time, new opportunities would be opened up for innovative Swiss companies in China. Plans have been drawn up for innovation parks in Switzerland and China to cooperate in future. The relevant Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Switzerland Innovation and the Torch Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, details of which can be found in a press release. The Torch Center is the Chinese counterpart of Switzerland Innovation, helping to coordinate around 170 “High-Tech Development Zones” across the country. These are innovation parks designed to attract high-tech companies and capital in addition to establishing innovation networks. The overarching aim of the collaboration is to promote exchanges between the innovation parks in Switzerland and China. According to Switzerland Innovation, some of the high-tech Chinese firms will also set up subsidiaries in Switzerland, where they will then have the opportunity to drive forward innovation projects together with Swiss universities and companies. At the same time, the collaboration will also open up new opportunities for Swiss firms seeking to establish a presence in the Chinese market.

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Cross-cultural 3D Design Competition Celebrates Sino-Swiss Diplomatic Relations

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

A technology-powered 3D design competition launched in 2020 to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China revealed its winners at the Embassy of Switzerland in China in Beijing.  A total of 12 3D design works were submitted by contestants from both China and Switzerland. Each of the works embraced the competition’s main theme of interpreting the connection between the two countries through art. The final two winners were Chinese designer Yao Zhihao and Swiss designer Noelani Rutz. Yao created the geometrically aesthetic 3D sculpture Rising, which merges visual symbols such as Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn and seven triangular structures to imply qualities such as “universally shared natural legacy” and “balance and stability.” The triangles are intertwined and staggered one above each other to deliver an almost anti-gravity visual sense. The event was co-organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in China and two top cultural institutions -Switzerland’s écolecantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) and China’s The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.

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Switzerland Highlights ‘Swiss Quality’ as Guest Country Of Honour at Hainan Expo

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

On May 7, the Ambassador of Switzerland to China, Mr. Bernardino Regazzoni, opened the Swiss National Pavilion at the inaugural China International Consumer Products Expo (Hainan Expo) alongside the Secretary-General and Vice Governor of Hainan Province, Mr. Ni Qiang, the Director General of the Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce of China, Mr. Zhai Qian, and representatives of Swiss exhibitors. Switzerland, as exclusive Guest Country of Honour, showcases its innovativeness, traditions and sustainability under the motto ‘This is Swiss quality’. Around 40 of Switzerland’s most renowned companies in the luxury and consumer goods sector are participating in this Expo, with a total exhibition area of around 1,100 m². Switzerland’s status as Guest Country of Honour offers unique visibility to its diverse consumer brands, and is testament to Switzerland’s world-class reputation in the premium products sector. On the night before, Ambassador Regazzoni welcomed a delegation of high-level Chinese Government representatives, including Mr. Hu Chunhua, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in an official tour to the Swiss National Pavilion. On the occasion of the Hainan Expo Opening Ceremony, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Guy Parmelin sent a greeting message: ‘The invitation to be the Guest Country of Honour at the Hainan Expo reflects the quality of the relations between Switzerland and China. Building on our foundation of trust, our relationship has strengthened through dialogue and cooperation in many fields.’ On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Business Hub, an integrated unit of the Embassy of Switzerland in China, in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), has organized and is operating the Swiss National Pavilion at the Hainan Expo. Located in Hall 5 of the Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Haikou, the Swiss National Pavilion is 200m² large and exhibits some of the most prominent testimonials of Swiss innovation and lifestyle. The pavilion consists of an ‘Animation Area’ and an ‘Exhibitor Area’.

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First Swiss Machining Seminar Held in Beijing

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

The first edition of the Swiss Machining Seminar 2021 was held in Beijing on April 14th and featured 20 machining experts from the Swiss Machinery Association who shared their experiences in the most cutting-edge technology in machining and automation. The Ambassador of Switzerland to China Bernardino Regazzoni gave the keynote speech. The Swiss Machining Seminar 2021 welcomed around 250 attendees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, representing a wide range of industries, from automotive, aerospace, medical, and 5-axes machining, to smart factory automation, ‘state-of-the-art’ coatings, and high-end coolants. The seminar attracted specialists in China in the machining and automation industries, from tooling engineers, programmers, tool manufacturers, CNC-operators, to factory planners. On the Swiss side, experts from 20 industry champions of the Swiss Machinery Association shared their expertise in how to achieve both high quality and cost effectiveness. The Swiss mechanical, electrical and metal industry (MEM) is Switzerland’s biggest industrial employer. Its high standards in quality, precision, safety and reliability, coupled with its ability to innovate, make Swiss MEM competitive internationally. In his keynote speech, Swiss Ambassador to China Bernardino Regazzoni emphasized Swiss innovation, quality and precision in this rapidly-changing world of manufacturing technology: ‘It’s the people working in these precision fields that make the “Swiss Made” label a true symbol of excellence; they implement the values of quality and innovation that are at the core of the Swiss ethos.’

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This is Swiss Quality – Swiss National Pavilion at the 1st Hainan Expo Looks Forward to Welcoming you

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Switzerland is the official Guest Country of Honour at the 1st edition of China International Consumer Products Expo (Hainan Expo). On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Business Hub China, an integrated section of the Embassy of Switzerland in China, in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), will organize and operate the Swiss National Pavilion at the upcoming Hainan Expo from 7-10 May 2021 in Haikou. Located in Hall 5-5T002 of the Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Center Haikou, the Swiss National Pavilion is 200m² large and will exhibit some of the most prominent testimonials of Swiss innovation and lifestyle. Switzerland has been selected by the Hainan Provincial Government and Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Economic Development as Guest Country of Honor of the first Hainan Expo. The participation of Switzerland at Hainan Expo – under the exclusive umbrella of Switzerland’s Guest Country of Honor status – is offering unique visibility and excellent business opportunities to Switzerland’s most renowned companies and premium brands in the luxury and consumer goods sector. The unique concept and design of the Swiss National Pavilion comprises an ‘Animation Area’ and an ‘Exhibitor Area’. The event space in a large, transparent ‘Swiss Cross Cube’ is designed for events and networking. The Swiss watch company Swatch, one of the two main partners of the Swiss National Pavilion, will present a lively pop-up installation, allowing visitors to fully personalize their watch, within a creative environment established by Swatch on a digital platform. To this end, Chinese and Swiss artists were invited to create an interpretation of the two countries, telling a story of differences, similarities, partnership and friendship.

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President Xi Jinping’s Speech at Davos Agenda is Historic Opportunity for Collaboration

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for both greater global efforts in the fight against an unprecedented public health crisis and a renewed commitment to multilateral cooperation, in a special address on Monday to business, government and civil society leaders taking part in the World Economic Forum’s virtual event, The Davos Agenda. “The pandemic is far from over and the recent resurgence in COVID cases reminds us that we must carry on the fight,” Xi said. “There is no doubt that humanity will prevail over the virus and emerge even stronger from this disaster.” “We should stay committed to keeping up with the times instead of rejecting change. Now is the time for major development and major transformation.” Xi outlined several objectives required for a better future. They include the need to work together to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, to close the gap between developing and developed countries as a prerequisite for global prosperity, and to strengthen global cooperation in addressing the big common challenges, namely COVID-19 and climate change.

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Overseas Companies Hail Expanded Opening-up

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President Xi presented his vision for the country’s reform and opening-up on a number of occasions last year. In a speech delivered via video link to the Global Trade in Services Summit at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in September, he said Beijing would remain steadfast in opening up wider to the world and would continue to work on a negative list system for managing cross-border services trade. “We will further ease market access for the services sector and will take greater initiative to increase imports of quality services,” he said. In Shenzhen, Guangdong province,-the country’s first special economic zone that celebrated its 40th anniversary in October-Xi said reform and opening-up must be moved forward at a higher level and new advances must be made on all fronts in such zones. Martin Mueller, chairman of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce, said he welcomed Xi’s policy statement about China’s opening-up. “We appreciate China’s commitment to multilateralism and its continued opening-up to more foreign trade and investment. China is now a very big factory for the whole world, and if it maintains this direction, the whole world will benefit,” he said. He added that the chamber welcomes every step taken toward opening-up and leveling the playing field for foreign businesses in China. “There were important improvements over the past year and we hope this can continue in coming years,” he said.

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Switzerland and China Sign MOU on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

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The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in energy efficient buildings with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) in China. The Ambassador of Switzerland to China Bernardino Regazzoni met with Ni Hong, Vice Minister of China’s Housing and Urban-Rural Development on November 24th and signed the agreement. Under the MOU, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, acting for FDFA, will strengthen project cooperation and exchange technological expertise in energy-efficient and zero-emission buildings with its counterpart from MoHURD. “It is a great opportunity for the two countries to sign an MOU on energy efficient buildings this year as we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China,” said Ambassador Bernardino Regazzoni. Switzerland and China, both signed the Paris Agreement, are committed to tackling Climate Change. The Federal Council of Switzerland plans to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 whereas China has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

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Experts Call for Deeper Sino-Swiss Cooperation in Sustainable Development

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While this year’s pandemic has cast over the world a shadow of uncertainty, it also prompts business observers to reflect on how to achieve more sustainable development. “COVID-19 is a severe wake-up call for mankind. We realized that it is so important to respect nature. Globalization will take a new turn now,” said Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalization, a think tank based in Beijing. “It is time to turn to sustainable concrete practices if we want to reach targets, such as the 2060 Chinese carbon neutrality goal,” he said during a panel discussing at the forum. Echoing Wang’s comments, Rashid Qureshi, chairman and CEO of Nestlé GCR, noticed that the pandemic changes consumer behaviors as they are now “more aware of the necessity to protect the environment”, which direct companies into more sustainable business models. He said sustainability cannot be finished by one country but through partnership; that’s why better cooperation between Switzerland and China counts. The Sino-Swiss Economic Forum started in 2010 and is a biennial event that is the biggest economic forum between Switzerland and China. Friday’s event, attended by more than 300 business and government leaders, marked the closing ceremony for this year’s forum, which saw a series of seminars in October.

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Givaudan Opens its World-Class Fragrance Production Facility in Changzhou, China

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Givaudan opened its newest state-of-the-art fragrance production facility in Changzhou, China. In line with the recently announced 2025 strategy – Committed to Growth, with Purpose – China remains a key growth market for innovative and consumer-preferred fragranced products. The Changzhou production facility, costing more than CHF 100 million and constructed on a land area of 76,000 square metres, is outfitted with the most advanced auto-dosing system allowing for high accuracy and efficiency and an agile manufacturing environment. Consistent with Givaudan’s global manufacturing processes, the production facility meets the highest global and local standards in fragrance manufacturing including advanced environmental, health and safety features. It will substantially increase the company’s existing manufacturing output spanning personal, home and fabric care fragrances through to oral care flavours, encapsulated fragrances, and prestige perfumes to serve customers in China and Asia Pacific. CEO, Gilles Andrier said: “Opening this production facility in China – an important high growth market – demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and aligns to our 2025 strategy and purpose. This investment will strengthen our position as a strategic partner to our customers in the region and will cater to the increasing consumer demands for great smelling sustainable fragrances.”

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