4th Egypt Investment Forum, Cairo, March 2-3, 2019

Our Chamber was represented by our Secretary General.

The Forum attracted officials, ministers, businesspeople and investors from Egypt and Arab countries, as well as representatives of international financial organizations. 

Issues discussed at the Forum included the free trade zone, investment opportunities in large size projects, the private sector's views on economic policies, electricity and renewable energy projects, and Egyptian, Arab and African cooperation. 

Switzerland-Oman Forum, Bern, April 29, 2019

The event was supported by Mr. Adolf Ogi, Honorary President of the Oman-Swiss Friendship Association (OSFA), and former Head of the Swiss Government. The Omani delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, the Omani Public Investment Authority "ITHRA", the Oman Chamber of Commerce and the Duqm Free Trade Zone.

Discussions focused in particular on the GCC-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement and best practices for entering the Omani market in various sectors (e.g. financial services and renewable energy), as well as the huge cooperation potential of both countries in the fields of economy, industry, tourism and culture. The event ended with a reception hosted by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Arab economic Forum, Beirut, May 2-3, 2019

As every year, our Chamber participated in this event, which is traditionally organized in cooperation with the Union of Arab Chambers and other Arab institutions.

The Forum was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, and aimed at addressing the challenges of economic growth and reform, the role of banks and capital markets in supporting investment, the future of Arab youth, the investment climate and business opportunities in Arab countries, and the future of the Lebanese economy. The Forum provided an opportunity to obtain first-hand information on the economic challenges facing Arab countries and provided a platform to strengthen communication between business leaders and government officials.

Visit of the Secretary General of the Union of Arabs Chambers

At his initiative, Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers visited our Chamber on June 10-11 and October 11-12, 2019.

 

During his visit, we gave him a presentation of the Chamber and its members, as well as of the activities and services we offer to our members.

 

Dr. Hanafi expressed the Union's interest in promoting communications with the international organizations based in Geneva, such as the World Trade Organization and other related organizations, in order to defend and advocate the position of the Arab private sector regarding the issues under negotiation in their meetings. He also proposed to study the possibility of organizing the Arab-Swiss Economic Forum which could host an Arab country as a guest of honor every year, with the aim of promoting Arab economies in Switzerland.

The Association of International Chambers of Commerce (AICC) International Business Networking Event, WTO, October 29, 2019

The Association of the International Chambers of Commerce was founded in Geneva on May 16, 2019, and has currently 12 founding members among the Swiss-Foreign Chambers, including our Chamber. 

Its objective is to organize common events between all the International Chambers of Commerce based in French-speaking Switzerland with the participation of high-level speakers and guests.

In this context, the AICC organized its first international business networking event on October 29 at the WTO, with the exclusive participation and speech of Mr. Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the WTO.

As a keynote speaker, Mr. Azevedo highlighted some of the recent developments in global trade and how discussions among WTO members seek to respond to the changes in the business environment. He also highlighted the role of the Chambers of Commerce in bringing the voice of business to the trade debate.

The event attracted nearly 400 participants, with a strong participation and sponsorship of our members.

 

Chamber's day 2019, Geneva, 26 November 2019

Upon the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Geneva (CCIG), our Chamber participated in the Chamber's Day, organized on November 26 at the Hotel Kempinski in Geneva by the CCIG in partnership with the Chambers of French and Italian speaking Switzerland, and the Swiss China Chamber of Commerce.

The event included a village of Chambers, which offered an excellent opportunity to present their activities and practices. Our Chamber had a stand in the Chambers Village, presenting our publications and answering inquiries, as well as exchanging information with interested visitors.

25 Chambers and 30 speakers from the private and public sectors, as well as workshops offered a great experience to all participants.

The event concluded with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).