• Published by, 03rd Jun 2017 in category General Interest in English

    Swiss President Doris Leuthard (L) shakes hands with Li Jinzao, head of China National Tourism Administration, at the Mutianyu Great Wall during an activity of China-Switzerland Year of Tourism in Beijing, capital of China, 13 May.

  • Published by, 30th May 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in English

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday suggested that negotiations with Switzerland on the upgrading of a Free Trade Agreement should begin as soon as possible.Xi made the remarks when meeting with Swiss President Doris Leuthard, who was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. With the development of bilateral relations since the establishment of China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership in 2016, the two sides should maintain high-level contact, and seek innovation-driven cooperation and exchanges across the board, Xi said.He urged the two countries to strengthen the alignment of "Made in China 2025" with Switzerland's Industry 4.0 strategies, enhance cooperation in finance, aviation, culture, winter sports, and work closely on China-Switzerland Year of Tourism in 2017.Noting that Switzerland is a vigorous supporter and participant in the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi said he expects more practical cooperation in key areas.

  • Published by, 27th May 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in English

    After successful editions in 2013 and 2015, the Sino-Swiss Business Awards 2017 has announced the winners of its third edition during an exclusive gala evening held at the Rosewood Beijing. More than 350 guests attended the event which included top economic and political leaders from both Switzerland and China. For the first time, and in the frame of the OBOR Summit, the highest authority of Switzerland, honoured the Ceremony with her presence: Her Excellency, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.Prior to the SSBA, a panel discussion entitled “On the move: Sino-Swiss business cooperation and the belt & road” took place for around 40 high-level guests, including H.E. President Doris Leuthard who made an opening statement.A signing ceremony including agreements on government, business and education levels was held alongside the event.

  • Published by, 24th May 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in Chinese

    On 14 May, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) officially opened. The General Secretary of SwissCham Beijing, Pauline Houl said during an interview that OBOR will provide many opportunities for China as well as Switzerland and the two countries can work together to develop a broad Eurasian market. With the continuous development of OBOR, the neighboring markets will be more open and diversified. Trade barriers will be reduced and the business environment will be more conducive to overseas investment. With good performance in clean energy and transportation infrastructure, Swiss companies will play an important role in the development of the entire area related to OBOR. "It's a good opportunity to reach a consensus on how to create a real win-win partnership". She also said that both Western and non-Western countries have shown great enthusiasm for the initiative and the potential business opportunities. Switzerland is ready to act as a strategic partner in the implementation of the OBOR initiative. The biggest attraction of the OBOR initiative is that it will bring great business opportunities in all areas.

  • Published by, 21st May 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in English

    Swiss companies see opportunities in innovation, engineering and financial services.” That’s what Doris Leuthard, the President of Switzerland, hopes for Swiss businesses in the Chinese market.Leuthard was among the 29 heads of state and government who attended the high-level Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. The two-day forum, held from 14 to 15 May, gathered leaders from more than 30 countries to map out their vision for globalization and help push for a stronger trade network. The Sino-Swiss trade bond stands out in particular. China has been Switzerland's most important trading partner in Asia since 2002. And Switzerland is one of the few western countries to have achieved a trade surplus in dealings with China since 2003. The Sino-Swiss FTA came into force in July 2014, but still faces political and cultural hurdles. And that’s where Leuthard suggested companies could be more patient. Switzerland is specialized in banking and financial services, and is also a member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), whose job is to support financially weaker countries with investment in their energy and transport infrastructure.That makes Switzerland a very important member to be able to financially support and help facilitate the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Published by, 17th May 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    "The Belt and Road Initiative will strengthen well-being and contribute to poverty reduction in concerned regions. It will improve 'connectivity' between Europe and Asia, and help develop trade and the exchange of people," Swiss president Doris Leuthard told Xinhua in a recent interview.Leuthard is among the heads of state and government leaders who accepted China's invitation to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation slated for May 14 and 15 in Beijing.The trip to China reflected Switzerland's support for the Belt and Road Initiative. It also highlighted the very positive relations prevailing between two countries, she said.She noted that Switzerland was among the first non-Asian countries to become a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), whose mandate involves, among other things, financing infrastructure projects along the Belt and Road.Speaking of the relations between Switzerland and China, Leuthard said that they were characterized by "friendship and mutual respect."Switzerland has always shown a pioneering and innovative spirit when it comes to its relations with China. And also, Switzerland was the first nation in continental Europe to establish a free-trade agreement with Asia's economic powerhouse. "This pioneering character is indeed an important feature of the bilateral relations between our countries, and Switzerland counts on consolidating and pursuing these good relations," the Swiss president said.

  • Published by, 14th May 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    Ahead of the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), Ambassador of Switzerland to China, Jean-Jacques de Dardel, discussed Switzerland’s participation in the Belt & Road Initiative in an email interview with Panview. In this interview, the Ambassador introduced that at the forum, President Leuthard would be giving a keynote speech and attending the Leaders Roundtable discussions. On the sideline of the forum, the two presidents would also be meeting for a bilateral meeting.In addition to that, President Leuthard would be participating in a series of activities including a tourism event, the Sino-Swiss Business Awards and the Innofashion event, etc. The Ambassador said, “Switzerland welcomes the goal of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen the trade ties between China and Europe (and with the countries within the region). To enhance the connectivity among the countries on the New Silk Road, the improvement of infrastructure is a key priority.” He expectedthe successful cooperation among the participating countries,” The Belt and Road Initiative represents a unique opportunity to put in practices these new approaches in a comprehensive manner and to build up on the experiences and the knowledge of all participating countries.”

  • Published by, 11th May 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    In addition to discussing energy and free trade during her visit to Beijing this weekend, Swiss President Doris Leuthard officially represented her country at the first international forum for a billion-dollar international Chinese trade initiative. The Chinese president pledged USD 124 billion (CHF124.1 billion) toward the project at the summit, which ends 15 May, plus supplementary funding for the Silk Road Fund and development aid for organisations in countries along the route. Upon her arrival in China on 13 May, Leuthard was greeted by the Chinese president. The leaders also focused on financial issues, particularly the opening up of markets, as well as the development of transport infrastructure and digitization. Several agreements were signed between Swiss and Chinese institutions in the context of 2017 as the “Year of Swiss-Chinese Tourism”, although no further details were given. Leuthard and the Swiss delegation also visited the Great Wall with China’s tourism minister. As Switzerland’s energy minister, Leuthard also met her Chinese counterpart NurBekri. A roadmap was completed for cooperation on energy issues between the two countries, according to a Swiss government spokesman. Also present in the Swiss delegation was canton Geneva government member Pierre Maudet, who signed an accord with the COFCO – a company in the agriculture and food sector that has plans to establish its headquarters in Geneva. It’s a move that is expected to create some 150 new jobs.

  • Published by, 08th May 2017 in category Legal / Tax / Consulting / Services in English

    The China Association of International Engineering Consultants (CAIEC), an association operated by MOFCOM, has appointed the Managing Director of Wenfei Attorneys-at-Law Ltd, Dr. Paul Thaler, as an expert to its “consultation and examination system for projects abroad”. Being officially elected by CAIEC, Dr. Paul Thaler will assist the MOFCOM in overseas investments of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Published by, 05th May 2017 in category Bank / Finance / Insurance in English

     Mark Haefele, global chief executive officer at UBS Wealth Management, and Isabelle Mateos y Lago, global macro strategist at BlackRock, discuss concerns over China demand and outlook for markets. They speak with Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene on "Bloomberg Surveillance."