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Switzerland Remains Global Innovation Champion

by swisschambei in General Interest

The World Intellectual Property Organization has crowned Switzerland the most innovative country in the world for the tenth consecutive year. Switzerland not only offers fertile ground for innovation, but also inspires many new creations, as the number of patent applications shows. For the past ten years, Switzerland has ranked top of the Global Innovation Index (GII). The Index is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), French business school Insead and Cornell University. It ranks the performance of 130 countries, examining both the necessary conditions for innovation and the new creations that result from innovation. According to the report, Switzerland offers particularly fertile ground for innovation. It scored 69.42 points in the corresponding category of Innovation Input and ranks second in the world. The average in this category is 41.39 points. In addition to substantial investment in research and development, Switzerland’s strong position is due to the high quality of local universities and extensive human resources. Furthermore, it performed highly for its stable political environment, good regulatory environment and infrastructure. Switzerland is followed in the rankings by Sweden, the USA, the UK, the Netherlands and Denmark. China is ranked 14th in the world.

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IMD’s 2020 World Competitiveness Ranking Revealed, Showing Strength of Small Economies

by swisschambei in General Interest

The eagerly anticipated data on economies’ competitiveness has gone live, opening discussions on changes in the hierarchy on a national, regional and global level. The annual rankings, now in their 32nd year, have been released unlocking a wealth of data on the performance of 63 economies across the globe. Singapore was number one for the second year in a row. In second to fifth place, in order, came: Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong SAR. A marked pattern in this year’s results, which are an amalgam of hard data taken from 2019 and survey responses from early 2020, is the strength of smaller economies. Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center and Professor of Finance, says, “The benefit of small economies in the current crisis comes from their ability to fight a pandemic and from their economic competitiveness. In part these may be fed by the fact it is easy to find social consensus.”

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The 100 Safest Countries in The World for COVID-19

by swisschambei in General Interest

Switzerland is the safest country in the world right now for COVID-19. South Sudan is, according to a massive 250-page report, the most dangerous nation. The report is based on 130 quantitative and qualitative parameters and over 11,400 data points in categories like quarantine efficiency, monitoring and detection, health readiness, and government efficiency. It’s by the Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of companies and nonprofits owned by Deep Knowledge Ventures, an investment firm founded in 2014 in Hong Kong. “Switzerland and Germany achieve the #1 and #2 positions in this new special case study specifically because of their economy’s resilience, and due to the careful ways in which they are attempting to relax lockdown and economic freezing mandates in a fact and science-based manner, without sacrificing public health and safety,” the study says. China ranked 7th in the list.

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Switzerland Ranked ‘Greenest’ Holiday Hotspot

by swisschambei in General Interest

Switzerland has the most environmentally sound tourism record, according to a global comparison study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The study ranks the alpine country as the 10th most “competitive” holiday location overall against a broad range of criteria. The WEF ‘Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report’, conducted every two years, ranks 140 countries on their relative strengths in global tourism and travel. In 2018, it found Switzerland’s attention to environmental standards in the sector to be top of class. The study makes specific mention of Switzerland’s waste water treatment system and the country’s impressive record in the category “environmental regulatory enforcement and stringency”. Switzerland is also rated as one of the safest places in the world to visit and achieves high marks for its competitive business environment, low taxes and wealth of highly skilled workforce.

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Switzerland World’s 4th Most Competitive Nation, According to Business School Ranking

by swisschambei in General Interest

Every year, Lausanne-based IMD business school publishes its global competitiveness ranking. Switzerland climbed from 5th last year to 4th behind Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. Venezuela (63rd) was last. The ranking, established in 1989, incorporates 235 indicators and takes into account a wide range of “hard” statistics such as unemployment, GDP and government spending on health and education, as well as “soft” data from a survey of business leaders covering topics such as social cohesion, globalization and corruption. This information is used to calculate economic performance, infrastructure, government efficiency and business efficiency measures to give a final score for each country. Switzerland made the top 5 for government efficiency (2nd) and infrastructure (2nd). “In a year of high uncertainty in global markets due to rapid changes in the international political landscape as well as trade relations, the quality of institutions seem to be the unifying element for increasing prosperity. A strong institutional framework provides the stability for business to invest and innovate, ensuring a higher quality of life for citizens,” said Arturo Bris of IMD.

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Zurich Airport is Third in the World

by swisscham in General Interest

Zurich Airport has scooped third place in the ÒHandelszeitungÓ Airport Ranking 2018. In a repeated run of success, EuropeÕs best airport was beaten only by Singapore and Hong Kong. Anyone landing at Singapore Changi Airport will make it Òfrom airport to taxiÓ within 25 minutes, Òincluding immigration control, baggage collection and customs clearanceÓ, writes Claus Schweitzer in the Airport Ranking 2018 published by ÒHandelszeitungÓ. It has been Òthe worldÕs best airport for yearsÓ, and the only negative Schweitzer could find was the complicated WLAN access. In second place, Hong Kong International Airport boasts the Òattractive new The Deck lounge with open-air terrace and view over the airfieldÓ. But Zurich Airport too lays claim to an open-air area Ð and it is among the reasons the airport has once again scooped third place in the ranking. With Òaround 300,000 visitors annuallyÓ, the observation deck is Òone of SwitzerlandÕs most popular attractionsÓ, writes Schweitzer. While Zurich also scored well for its Òclear signage, predominantly pleasing passenger flow and exemplary connection to public transportÓ, Schweitzer and the frequent flyers surveyed for the ranking were unhappy with the time-consuming new Automated Border Control gates and the Skymetro, which is often overcrowded.

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Clariant Starts Up New Additives Production Facilities in China

by eggplant in General Interest

Published by plasticsnewseurope.com, 20th Jun 2018 in category Engineering / Manufacturing in English
Clariant AG has opened two new additives facilities in Zhenjiang, China, the Muttenz, Switzerland-based chemicals company announced 20 June. The new facilities, which will be producing synergistic additive solutions AddWorks and micronised waxes Ceridust for plastics, coatings & ink industries, are part of a multi-million-franc investment Clariant announced last year. These will add to the company’s offerings of customised solutions for the plastics, coatings & ink industries. “This completed investment… marks our commitment to expand capability and capacity in China, one of the most important strategic markets for Clariant,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, member of Clariant’s executive committee, at the opening ceremony. According to Kohlpaintner, the Swiss chemicals giant is now pursuing “a dedicated strategy” aimed at increasing and sharpening the focus on China. The additional local production capacity in China, said Clariant, will allow to provide “more tailored solutions at shortened lead times”.

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Switzerland to Host the Prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in 2019

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The town of Aigle in Switzerland will become the worldÕs wine capital in 2019. The travelling Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will host its next event there. The choice was announced on the last day of the 2018 competition, when Dai Binbin, Chief of the Haidian district of Beijing, China, solemnly handed over the Concours Mondial wine glass to FrŽdŽric Borloz, the Mayor of Aigle, Switzerland. ÒAfter Beijing, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is returning to its European origins, choosing Switzerland, where vines have been grown since the Roman Empire. The country ranks 5th worldwide for per capita wine consumptionÓ, commented Baudouin Havaux, Chairman of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. ÒSwiss wines are on the Concours MondialÕs top ten medal listÓ, he added. ÒOrganising a competition of such magnitude opens up a multitude of doors and provides invaluable visibility, all over the world. Aigle will be proud to host the Brussels World Competition and share the passion of making wine with professionals from around the globeÒ, commented the Mayor of Aigle FrŽdŽric Borloz. 2019 will be an exceptional year for the Swiss wine industry, as the country will also host the General Meeting of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the WinegrowersÕ Festival(Fte des Vignerons) in Vevey which has taken place once every 25 years since 1797.

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Swiss School Teaches What Is Actually Suspect in China: Independent Thinking

by swisscham in General Interest

In Beijing, the 18th Swiss School abroad, which will be recognized by Bern, has opened its doors. The values there, such as independent learning, self-initiative and creativity are expected from China’s rulers.So few ones have been so honest: ÒI am a crazy chickenÓ said CŽcile Ottiger about herself. This primary teacher has not experienced a classic life path. Though she had under her wings the first and second year classes of a primary school in Oberuzwil in Saint-Gall during 36 years until last summer. But then she moved into the wide world. Since a few month ago, she teaches in the Swiss School in Beijing, which has been officially inaugurated on 30 October. ÒEvery day is a new adventure.Ó, says Ms.Ottiger, who has never experienced China before. In seek of change in her life, she was almost forced to anticipate this step with attention and curiosity.

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Whisky Sold For $10,000 A Shot At Swiss Bar Proven To Be Fake

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A shot of Macallan whisky purportedly made in 1878 that a Chinese man paid USD 10,000 for at a Swiss hotel was actually distilled between 1970 and 1972. The forgery was discovered after Scottish whisky experts travelled to Switzerland to conduct tests, 20 Minuten reported.It finally lays to rest the speculation over the maltÕs authenticity that arose when the story broke in August.It began when a young Chinese customer entered the Devil’s Place Whisky Bar at the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St Moritz, northeastern Switzerland, and expressed particular interest in rare Macallans. The bar, which has a whisky collection, mentioned in the Guinness Book ofWorld Records, had 47 options, ranging from CHF 7 to CHF 10,000 per glass.The customer chose the bottle marked as an 1878 vintage, which went for CHF 9,999 (USD 10,000) for a two-centilitre measure. According to the online news site, specialists at Rare Whisky 101, who regularly serve as consultants at whisky auctions, established that the bottle’s label was a fake. They said carbon dating had shown that the malt had actually been distilled between 1970 and 1972. After discovering the forgery, the proprietor of the Waldhaus, Sandro Bernasconi, travelled to Beijing to apologize to the customer and refund him, the paper said.ÒIt is customary in China to admit your faults,Ó 20 Minuten quoted him as saying. Bernasconi said it was also important to show that “the Swiss are honest people and do not engage in scams”.

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