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Business in Switzerland, Bern, Swiss Economy

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Syllabus of the Subject

Switzerland: fourth richest country in the world. Swiss Foreign Trade

  1. Introduction to the Swiss Confederation (Central Europe)
  2. Swiss Economy
  3. Business in Bern and Zurich
  4. Swiss International Trade
  5. Investment in Switzerland
  6. Access to the Swiss Market
  7. Business Plan for Switzerland

The objectives of the subject “International Trade and Business in Switzerland” are the following:

  1. To analyze the Swiss Economy and Foreign Trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Swiss market
  3. To analyze the trade relations of Switzerland with the student's country
  4. To know the Switzerland Trade Agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Swiss Market

E-learning Course Master, International Business

The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Switzerland” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Doctorate: World Trade.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

Masters and Doctorate for Switzerland, Masters, International Business Trade Swiss Students.

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English + Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Suiza Study Doctorate in International Business in French Suisse Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Suíça.

  1. Credits of the Subject “Doing Business in Switzerland”: 1 ECTS
  2. Duration: one week

Foreign Trade and Business in CEFTA Countries

International Trade and Business in Switzerland

Trans-European Transport Corridors

Transport and Logistics in Switzerland. Access to the transport corridors:

  1. Atlantic Corridor
  2. Baltic-Adriatic Corridor
  3. North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor

Market Access - Free Trade Agreements

Swiss Preferential Access and Trade Agreements:

  1. Switzerland and the European Economic Area
  2. EFTA
    1. Switzerland as a member of the EFTA has trade agreements with Mexico, Egypt, the SACU, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc
  3. Japan-Switzerland Agreement
  4. Faroe Islands-Switzerland Agreement
  5. UK-Switzerland-Liechtenstein Trade Agreement
  6. China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement (negotiation)
  7. Regional Cooperation Council
  8. ALADI (observer)

Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement

  1. WTO
    1. Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
    2. GATS
    3. Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
    4. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
    5. Agreement on Safeguards
    6. Trade Facilitation Agreement
  2. WCO
    1. Kyoto Convention
  3. Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods
  4. CMR Convention
  5. COTIF Convention
  6. Rotterdam Rules
  7. BIC
  8. Chicago Convention (ICAO)
  9. IMO 
    1. Istanbul Convention
  10. Customs Convention on Containers
  11. IRU
    1. TIR Convention
    2. Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport
  12. International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)
  13. ICS
  14. ICC

Globalization and International Organizations

European Organizations:

  1. UNECE
  2. OSCE
  3. Group of States of the European Council Convention against Corruption

Global Organizations:

  1. Inter-American Development Bank
  2. Asian Development Bank
  3. UN
  4. WB
  5. WTO
  6. IMF
  7. African Development Bank
  8. OECD

The Swiss Confederation

  1. Swiss Capital: Bern
  2. Official Languages of Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Romansh
  3. Swiss Area: 41,285 km²
  4. Swiss Population: 8 million people
  5. Type of Government of Switzerland: Parliamentary Federal Republic
  6. Borders of Switzerland: Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Liechtenstein

Religion in Switzerland: Catholicism (Christianity).

  1. The theologian Hans Kung was born in Switzerland

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Switzerland belongs to the European Economic Area.

Swiss Economy.

  1. The Swiss Confederation is the fourth richest and the most developed country in the world
  2. Switzerland is the second most competitive economy in the world
  3. Swiss GDP (nominal): 650,431 million dollars
    1. Agriculture: 4%
    2. Industry: 24%
    3. Services: 72%
  4. GDP per capita of Switzerland: 83,718 dollars
  5. Swiss Currency: Swiss Franc
  6. Financial centers in Zurich, Geneva and Basel
  7. The largest Swiss bank is UBS and the second is Credit Suisse
  8. Switzerland is often classified as a tax haven
  9. In Switzerland, there is banking secrecy guaranteed by the Constitution
  10. Switzerland has large multinationals: UBS, Credit Suisse, Swatch, Nestlé, Novartis, ABB, Adecco, Rolex
  11. Top Swiss economic activities: financial sector, chemical industry, musical instruments, food products, tourism, engineering
  12. Switzerland has virtually no natural resources

Switzerland is home to several international Organizations: WTO, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Universal Postal Union, Red Cross, FIFA, United Nations Distance Education Commission, Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), International Rail Transport Committee (CIT).

In Switzerland there are prominent business men and women from all over the world:

  1. The businesswoman of Lebanese origin (Swatch Group) Nayla Hayek is a Swiss citizen
  2. The South African businesswoman Rapelanga Rabana sold her company to the Swiss telecommunications company Telfree
  3. The Brazilian banker Edmund Safra created the Foreign Trade Development Bank in Geneva
  4. The Managing Director of the Swiss Rothschild group is PhD Jogishwar Singh (Sikh religion)

EFTA-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Foreign Trade (Importing, Exporting)

EFTA-Georgia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Swiss Foreign Trade.

  1. Main Swiss Exports: chemical products, electronics, precision instruments, watches
  2. The aluminum produced in Montenegro is exported by Switzerland
  3. Top Swiss exports destinations: Germany, the U.S., Italy, France
  4. Main suppliers of Switzerland: Germany, Italy, France
  5. Lonrho Swiss company is developing the Port of Luba (Equatorial Guinea)

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