History

The Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) is a non-profit Swiss organization, originally founded in Zürich in 1980 by Dr. Uli Sigg – former Ambassador of Switzerland to China – and a group of business professionals. Its two main goals are to promote commercial relations between Switzerland and China and strengthen the political and economical bonds between the two governments and institutions. Given the exponential economical growth of China following Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, SCCC, in 1995, opened two new branches in Geneva and Lugano.

In 1996, SwissCham China was founded with the opening of its first office in Beijing, which gave the Chamber a new dimension and scope for cooperation, business activities, strengthening the Sino-Swiss bonds and provide a platform for local Swiss and Chinese business people inside China. In 1997, a liaison office was established in Shanghai, as well as another liaison office opened 2006 in Guangzhou.

In 2001, SwissCham China became a completely independent entity from SCCC and today - it is the only Swiss Chamber of Commerce to be officially registered with the Chinese government. All three liaison offices work in close collaboration to serve best the interests of the Swiss business community in China.

Actual and previous Chairmen of SwissCham China, and Presidents of the Regional Boards of Directors:

  Chairman Presidents
2017/2018 Rene Forster Samuel Baumgartner (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Philip Kinseher (GZ)
2016/2017 Daniel Meyer Bernie Stefan (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Philip Kinseher (GZ)
2015/2016 Daniel Meyer Bernie Stefan (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2014/2015 Martin Wagner Peter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2013/2014 Martin Wagner Peter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)

2012/2013

Urs Calonder Peter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2011/2012 Urs Calonder Peter Troesch (BEI)
Ernst Roth (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)

2010/2011

Christian Guertler Peter Troesch (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Urs Calonder (GZ)
2009/2010 Christian Guertler Peter Troesch (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Urs Calonder (GZ)
2008/2009 John Liebeskind John Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2007/2008 Cyrill Eltschinger John Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2006/2007 Cyrill Eltschinger John Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2005/2006 Christian Guertler John Liebeskind (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
 2006: Creation of Guangzhou Office
2004/2005 Christian Guertler Cyrill Eltschinger (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
2003/2004   Cyrill Eltschinger (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
2002/2003   Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
2001/2002   Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
2001: SwissCham China officially independent from SCCC
2000/2001   Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
1999/2000   Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Hans U. Dätwyler (SHA)
1998/1999   Peter Ringele (BEI)
1997/1998   Christian Stauffer (BEI)
1996/1997   Silvie Seidlitz (BEI)
 1997: Creation of Shanghai Office
1996/1997    
1996: Creation of SwissCham China, Office in Beijing
1980: Creation of Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC)