China Remains the Most Attractive Market for Swiss Exporters

The Asian country is once again the top export market this year, as the ranking by Switzerland Global Enterprise in cooperation with the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich shows. Joining China on the winners’ podium are the USA and Germany, who retain second and third place respectively. Alberto Silini, Head of Consultancy at Switzerland Global Enterprise, maintains: “These three countries are already among the most important target countries for Swiss exporters. The ranking of the top export markets in 2019 underscores their attractiveness and great potential for Swiss companies.” Nevertheless, he advises not rushing into these countries and preparing thoroughly: “It is essential to carry out a rigorous market and competition analysis, and also to familiarize oneself with cultural particularities. This is obvious in culturally distant countries such as China – in the USA or Europe, on the other hand, this challenge is often underestimated. We support Swiss and Liechtenstein SMEs in this process and help them to successfully master and expand their market entry throughout the world.”

Ambassador de Dardel Bids Farewell to Beijing

Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Switzerland’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), bid farewell to his counterparts, partners and colleagues at his Beijing residence on February 22nd. His departure in early March follows five years of ambassadorship in the capital. Taking office in March 2014, Ambassador […]

Switzerland Opens Expo Pavilion

Published by, November 7th 2018 The Swiss National Pavilion, with its “LiveMap” concept especially designed for the China International Import Expo, was unveiled on Tuesday at the National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai. Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, and Swiss Ambassador to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel, who are leading a high-level […]

Swiss Schools Abroad are Considering Vocational Training

The new Federal Law on the diffusion of Swiss vocational training abroad (LESE) gives the possibility to these institutions to extend the offer subsidized by the Confederation, creating then a curriculum of basic vocational training combining practical training in companies and theoretical teaching at school. The export of this learning model, which attracts more and more interest abroad, is a strategic priority for Switzerland in the framework of international cooperation formation. There are currently 17 Swiss schools located in Europe, Asia and Latin America with approximately 7,500 students including 1800 from Switzerland. As for the creation of new Swiss schools abroad, discussions are ongoing. In China for instance, an association has been founded for this purpose, says Derrick Widmer, President of educationsuisse. He estimates that Switzerland must act quickly, especially in developing countries. However, this initiative is not an easy undertaking in an area affected by strong competition from private international schools.

DonÕt Pre-Judge China-Led AIIB: World Bank MD

The impending creation of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been applauded by World Bank managing director Betrand BadrŽ, despite United States objections to the new development financing vehicle. Switzerland is one of 56 countries to have expressed an interest in joining China as an AIIB founding member. Dubbed the ÔChinese World BankÕ by the media, the AIIB aims to get off the ground by the end of the year once it has established a set of operating ground rules. The US and Japan have so far snubbed the Beijing-based institution, doubting ChinaÕs ability to apply proper corporate governance. But the stand-off has been widely interpreted as a wider struggle for political influence in Asia.

Huawei to Open R&D Centres in Switzerland

Huawei plans to massively expand its presence in Switzerland. The Chinese technology giant intends to open two research centres in Zurich and Lausanne. It will also strengthen corporate services. Switzerland is an important location for Huawei, wrote Patrik MŸller in an article for the weekend newspaper Schweiz am Wochenende. MŸller interviewed Eric Xu, CEO of the Chinese smartphone and telecommunications technology giant, during a working visit by Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard to the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. Huawei currently employs around 350 people in Switzerland at its site in DŸbendorf in the canton of Zurich, but this will rise considerably in the future: ÒWe will employ more people because we will open R&D centres in Zurich and Lausanne,Ó said Lu. According to the article, the presence of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne was decisive to HuaweiÕs choice of location. Huawei also requires more employees in Switzerland to Òmarket our services for companiesÓ. In Switzerland, telecommunication providers such as Swisscom and Sunrise use Huawei infrastructure and software products.

Zurich Airport is Third in the World

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.

Swiss Sign Agreement to Build China’s First Zero-Energy Building

Switzerland’s minister for energy Doris Leuthard oversaw the signing of a declaration to build a zero-energy building in Beijing using Swiss cleantech technology. The project called “Swiss House Sunlon” is backed by Swiss companies and will be the first zero energy dwelling in China. The technology used in the building will come from the Swiss […]

Swiss Sign Agreement to Build ChinaÕs First Zero-Energy Building

SwitzerlandÕs minister for energy Doris Leuthard oversaw the signing of a declaration to build a zero-energy building in Beijing using Swiss cleantech technology. The project called ÒSwiss House SunlonÓ is backed by Swiss companies and will be the first zero energy dwelling in China. The technology used in the building will come from the Swiss cleantech sector and is meant to serve as a showcase for Swiss innovation in the country. The agreement was signed on Thursday in the presence of Leuthard by the Swiss companies and the Chinese partner New Legend. According to the La LibertŽ paper, the four-storey building will serve as an office for Swiss, Chinese and foreign small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and will have a floor space of almost 18,000 square metres. There will also be conference rooms, exhibition areas and a space for shops. The project cost is estimated at CHF140 million (USD 141 million). The building will be PlusEnergy certified, which means it will produce as much energy as it consumes via technologies already well established in Switzerland by the Minergie A standard. The project still needs to be approved by the local authorities.

First CIIE Creates Excitement in Global Business Community

The international community has high expectation from the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) and the business opportunities it presents, as the 100-day countdown of the event begins. “CIIE will bring a very strong exposure to our company, by having high-level government officials, influential trade professionals, including lots of existing and potential customers, and hopefully […]


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