History

Our history .

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 to Mexico, together with the Mexican Secretary of Economy and thirty Swiss companies. In this visit, not only the Chamber was formed, but important initiatives, 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.

Si bien, México ya contaba con algunas instituciones para la representación de Suiza como el Swiss Business Hub y la asociación de empresarios suizos, era uno de los pocos países del G20 y el único gran país de las Américas que no contaba con una cámara suiza de comercio, por lo que su creación llegó en el momento más apropiado de las relaciones bilaterales México-Suiza, ya que en ese año se celebraban 70 años de las mismas; adicionalmente, se comenzó con la modernización del Tratado de Libre Comercio México-Asociación Europea de Libre Comercio (TLC México-AELC), y del Acuerdo Bilateral para la Promoción y Protección Recíproca de las Inversiones entre México y Suiza (APPRI México-Suiza).

Even though Switzerland already had certain institutions in Mexico representing its interests, such as the Swiss Business Hub and the Mexican-Swiss Business Club, it was one of the few G20 countries and the only large Latin American country 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 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) were being renegotiated.

For the previous reasons, the birth of this Chamber responds to the need of the main Swiss companies in Mexico to be represented as a group during government meetings, as well as to have access to an interesting portfolio of activities that would allow them to foster their relationships.

Actualmente, la Cámara, ha permitido reforzar las relaciones empresariales. Cuenta ya con 50 empresas afiliadas que representan la mayoría de los sectores de la economía suiza. Genera valor agregado a través de diez Comités Temáticos y ha promovido exitosamente el programa de formación dual. La Cámara Suiza ha sabido adaptarse a crisis como la pandemia del COVID-19 en 2020 y ha rediseñado sus eventos, reestructurado proyectos e intensificado las actividades en medios digitales. La Cámara es una institución sólida que permite apoyar a empresas suizas en sus operaciones en México, aún en tiempos anormales.

Nowadays, the Swiss Chamber has successfully strengthened the relations between companies. It has fifty members representing a wide variety of Switzerland’s economic sector. The Chamber generates added value through ten Working Groups and has promoted the dual education system. The Swiss Chamber has adapted to crises such as the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and has redesigned its events, restructured projects, and intensified its digital presence and activities. The Swiss Chamber is a solid institution able to provide support to Swiss companies with their operations in Mexico, even during abnormal times.