Swiss-Gulf Commercial Relations

Jul 11, 2022 | Members, Gulf Research Center

On June 3, 2022, the Gulf Research Center Foundation formalized its membership and partnership with the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the occasion of an official meeting between Gulf Research Foundation Chairman, Dr. Abdulaziz Sager and Prof. Dr. Jean-Paul Vulliéty, President of the Board of the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

An enriching partnership and membership with future joint projects

The purpose of this cooperation is to create a proper environment for the exchange of information, building networks, and doing business between SMEs in Switzerland and in the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States.  The following projects formed the basis of the discussions between our two organisations :

o   “Doing Business in the Gulf” Lecture Series

o   “Swiss-GCC Trade Forum” by and for SMEs 

o   Providing articles and economy-relevant information on GCC countries for the Arab-Swiss Chamber’s website

o   Facilitating the outreach and building of networks and contacts on both sides

o   Providing information about Swiss industries, businesses, and markets to the GCC

Considering the increasing role which economic relations play in today’s rapidly changing world order, the inherent purpose of this cooperation is to enhance economic and trade relations, and diversify the economies of Switzerland and the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States.  The double objective is to empower SMEs to play a greater role in international trade and in their own countries’ sustainable economic development. 


The Gulf Research Center is a leading independent think-tank whose mission is to promote knowledge through research, training, conferences, dialogue and discussion, and, in general, by creating the proper environment for building networks and understanding with and about the Gulf region.  Established more than twenty years ago in Dubai and currently headquartered in Jeddah, with offices in Geneva, Cambridge and soon in Brussels, GRC conducts intensive scholarly research and training on the political, economic, commercial, cultural, environmental, social, security and sustainable development-related issues that define the Gulf strategic environment and ensure objective and comprehensive analysis and information about this vital part of the world. 

A rich cooperation

Various renowned research institutions, universities, international organizations, think tanks and other entities are part of their network and play an essential role in providing the Gulf Research Center with high value information. 

Partner institutions include UNDP, ITC,UNEP, GCSP, CARPO, THE University of Geneva and Cambridge University.  They are also proud of their membership to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, as well as to the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The overarching goal of the Gulf Research Center is to promote the creation and preservation of peace, security, stability and sustainable development in the Gulf region and beyond.  The Gulf Research Center established its Foundation in Geneva in 2007 as a Swiss non-for-profit organization, with the aim to, inter alia, enhance cooperation and build partnerships with international Geneva and to engage with the academic, public, and private sectors of Switzerland with a view to enriching Swiss-Gulf relations.

Their Research Programs Structure

Each of the research areas is structured to encourage the dissemination of original research and to serve as an information resource base where all materials necessary for a solid understanding of an area of interest come together. Each research program involves:

  • Research & analysis: The core of each program is substantive academic research with a particular emphasis on policy issues, their implications and relevance. A series of research projects look in-depth at some of the issues defining the region, with the aim of putting forward policy prescriptions and analysis within a proper context.
  • Publications: These include books, background papers, regular reports, multimedia platforms, periodicals, newsletters and translations. Click here to search through our publications.
  • Conferences and workshops: GRC is active in organizing conferences and workshops that complement its various research programs, with the aim to create more clarity within and interaction among the policy and the academic communities. In addition, GRC events also reflect current discussions and concerns in the region and are meant to highlight those debates. Click here to see our upcoming and past events.
  • Executive Learning: One important component of the research programs is to conduct executive learning programs that disseminate knowledge to key individuals, keeping GRC research relevant to key stakeholders. Click here to see a sample of past GRC Executive Learning programs.

About the GRC Foundation in Geneva

The Gulf Research Center Foundation (GRC Foundation or GRCF) was established in 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland, under the Swiss Civil Code relating to foundations, and is administered by a prestigious international Council, which plays a key advisory role in guiding the Foundation’s activities. It is by definition a non-profit institution and an umbrella organization under which research, training, and educational programs about the Gulf region are developed and implemented.

Cooperation with renowned research institutions, universities and other organizations is an essential part of the Foundation’s work. In 2011, the GRC Foundation was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The GRCF is also accredited to the governing council of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In 2012, the GRCF, together with the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, established the Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) Programme, promoting better understanding and policies in these key domains for the Gulf and the countries of origin of the migrants.

The Foundation qualifies to receive funding and participate in programs supported by international organizations, the European Union, the United States, and various independent international foundations. Under the laws of Switzerland and the Canton of Geneva, donors based in Switzerland are eligible to receive tax benefits for supporting the work of the GRC Foundation.

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Dr. Abdulaziz Sager Founder of the Gulf Research Center