2017 is an exciting year for Sino-Swiss economic relations. Following Xi Jinping’s state visit to Switzerland in January, three Swiss Federal Councilors have visited China including the President of the Swiss confederation Ms. Doris Leuthard, who has participated in the One Belt One Road summit in Beijing. As Switzerland and China entered into an “innovative strategic partnership” to promote common goals in development and prosperity, the win-win partnership will create more cooperation mechanisms between Switzerland’s innovation-driven economy and China’s “Made in China 2025” agenda, positioning the two countries to become leaders of the pack in the global movement of transition to Industry 4.0. The new phase of deepened cooperation will open a new golden chapter for the Swiss industry.
This year, we are excited to announce the renewal of memberships by Dec Group, Microdia, and NGL Group, respective leaders in the machinery, pharmaceutical and environmental technology sectors. Swiss Centers China thanks our members for their commitment.
Meanwhile, Swiss Centers China is experiencing its own new phase of accelerated growth and deepened cooperation with the government and business community in China. In Tianjin, our new 150 m² showroom will offer all members an opportunity to establish presence for their products and brands in the North of China. In Shanghai, we collaborated with the Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration to host over 20 guests in a fact-finding seminar designed to introduce to businesses how they can benefit from the preferential policies of the Pilot Free Trade Zone.
The forthcoming months will again see Swiss Centers China active in both Switzerland and China to connect more Swiss companies to global opportunities. On May 19th in Shanghai, the Roundtable on Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement (SSFTA) will bring high-level delegates from Swiss MNCs and SMEs together in dialogue, to explore solutions to the current barriers to successful implementation of the SSFTA. In Fribourg on June 20th, our first joint seminar with the University of St. Gallen will provide Swiss managers with a comprehensive overview on how subsidiaries in China function.
Check out our latest SCC Newsletter May 2017 Edition.