JCC at 16th Session of Joint Swiss-Russian Economic Commission
Vice President Iurie Moraru represented the Joint Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-CIS/Georgia (JCC) during the 16th Session of the Joint Swiss - Russian Economic Commission, in Moscow that took place on February 4, 2015. The Swiss delegation was led by Ambassador Livia Leu, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO),the Russian Delegation, by the Minister of Sport of Russian Federation, Mr. Vitaly Mutko.
At the Economic Commission the Swiss and Russian authorities expressed support for JCC and its activities. Specifically, the chamber will be in charge of co-organizing the Swiss-Russian Clean City Forum in May 2015, that will take place in Zurich. The city of Moscow will be among the co-organizers. In the framework of activities within the Interregional Working Group Regions of Russia - Cantons of Switzerland, JCC will also be in charge of co-organizing the visit of a delegation from the Republic of Tatarstan to Switzerland and that of a Swiss delegation to Novosibirsk. The latter visit will focus on engineering, transportation (such as tramway and metro), road and bridge infrastructure. The Swiss and Russians delegations discussed cooperation between Switzerland and Russia in trade, industry, health, civil aviation, education, science, culture and tourism. It was agreed that the next session of the Joint Swiss-Russian Economic Commission will take place in the first quarter 2016.
During the visit to Saint Petersburg the Swiss delegation was received by the General Consul of Switzerland in Saint Petersburg, Mr. Michel Faillettaz. The delegation visited the new Novartis factory in Saint Petersburg (opening expected in Summer 2015, during the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum) and the Government of Saint Petersburg. The Governor of Saint Petersburg, together with a delegation of enterpreneurs, is planning a visit in Switzerland at the end March 2015. JCC will be in charge of co-organizing a Business Forum and different visits to enterprises and factories in Switzerland for the delegation from Saint Petersburg. The delegation also visited the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical Company Ltd. (SPbEC), a leading engineering enterprise looking to expand its activities in Russia, Asia and Africa. SPbEC is potentially an interesting candidate for a Swiss company interested to partner with a Russian company.