The Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry was inaugurated on November 3rd, 2016, during the State Visit of the former President of Switzerland, Johann Schneider-Amman, together with the Mexican Secretary of Economy. In this visit, not only the Chamber was formed, but important initiatives to the swiss companies, such as the Swiss Alliance for Dual Education and the
the signing of a Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding between the Presidents of both nations, were also created.
Even though Switzerland already had some institutions in Mexico representing its interests, such as the Swiss Business Hub and the Mexican-Swiss Business Club, it was one of the few countries from the G20 and the only country from Latin America without a Swiss chamber of commerce. Its creation came in the most appropriate moment of the bilateral relations between Mexico and Switzerland, since in that year, the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations was also celebrated. Additionally, the modernization of the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the countries of the European Free Trade Association (FTA Mexico – EFTA) and the Bilateral Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between Mexico and Switzerland (APPRI Mexico – Switzerland), started.
For the previous reasons, the birth of this Chamber responds to the latent need of the main Swiss companies in Mexico to be represented as a group when dealing with governmental agencies, as well as to have access to an interesting portfolio of activities that would allow them to foster their relationships. This, through conferences, working groups, publications, a job bank, inter-company workshops, promotion of brands and products, support for business cases, lobbying, promotion of interests and the integration to the Mexican Model of Dual Training.
Nowadays, the Chamber has strengthened the relationship between companies. It has 38 members, that represent a wide variety of Switzerland’s economic sector: food and beverage, pharmaceutical, banking, technology and innovation, and insurance, among others. The Chamber generates added value through 9 active Working Groups. The positioning of the Chamber has been developed primarily by the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico.
Finally, its vision is to be the point of reference of economic relations between Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Mexico, as well as contribute to Mexico’s economic development.