Créée en 2013, l’Union des Chambres de commerce Suisse – Russie, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Arménie, Azerbaïdjan, Biélorusse, Géorgie, Kirghizstan, Moldavie, Mongolie, Ouzbékistan, Tadjikistan, Turkménistan, dont le siège se situe à Genève, est un acteur incontournable dans le développement économique des relations bilatérales entre la Suisse et les pays concernés.

Tout au long de l’année, l’UCC organise des événements et des manifestations qui permettent à ses membres de développer un vaste réseau de contacts de qualité. De plus, elle informe régulièrement ses membres des événements locaux ou internationaux liés à la Russie et aux pays d’Asie centrale.

En 2019, elle a organisé plusieurs conférences avec des personnalités importantes de la scène économique helvétique, notamment avec Mme Ineichen-Fleisch, secrétaire d’Etat aux affaires économiques. Après la Géorgie, la Russie, le Tatarstan, le Kirghizistan et le Kazakhstan, une délégation économique de l’UCC s’est rendue en 2019 en Azerbaïdjan et en Ouzbékistan, permettant la mise en place de relations d’affaires prometteuses.

Tout dernièrement, en collaboration avec CTA (Commodity Trading Advisory), l'UCC a organisé un webinar sur le Commodity Trading en Russie qui a rencontré un vif succès sur internet.

At its last general meeting, the Swiss-Russia & CIS Chamber of Commerce decided to make a new start. Twelve years since the opening of the Romand chapter of the Joint Chambers of Commerce and four years after the creation of our chamber, we have decided to adopt a new name. From now on, our Chamber will be called "Union of Chambers of Commerce Switzerland-Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia,

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan" to cover all Russian-speaking countries, which we aim to represent.

 

We have set ourselves the goal of expanding the number of members in the French-speaking cantons as well as in member countries, diversifying our services to members and organizing more thematic meetings for our member companies. We will also continue to organize what has made the success of our organization, namely visits of business delegations. After Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Baku, we have visited Ashgabat, Yerevan, Sochi and Dushambe, as well as Ufa, Surgut and Khanty-Mansiysk, Astana and Almaty. Wee visited companies in Moscow as well as met high-level business delegations in Novosibirsk and Bishkek. Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan were in the programme for 2019.

 

In the beginning of June, as of the request of SECO, I moderated the Swiss-Russian Round Table at the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum, in the presence of the Swiss economic leaders such as: Nestlé, Syngenta, Roche, Novartis and Holcim. Against all forecasts, the Russian economy has gone through the oil and ruble crisis relatively well and is now returning to the growth stage, particularly in the industrial and agricultural sectors. Investments, thanks to a cheap ruble, become attractive again. The vagaries of politics have never prevented us from moving forward. Now that the sky clears up, it's time to go forward.