EENI-Business School

Doing Business in Switzerland

EENI- School of International Business

Subject - Doing Business in Switzerland. Bern. Syllabus:

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

The objectives of the subject “Doing Business in Switzerland” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Swiss Economy and Foreign Trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Swiss market
  3. To analyse the trade relations of Switzerland with the country of the student
  4. To know the Switzerland's free trade agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Swiss Market
Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Switzerland” is studied...
  1. Doctorate: Europe
  2. Professional Master's Programs (e-learning): International Business, Europe
  3. Course: EFTA States

Switzerland Recommendations for Swiss Students

Course learning materials in English + Spanish Suiza French Suisse Portuguese Europe.

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

Description of the Subject: Doing Business in Switzerland

The Swiss Confederation

  1. Capital: Bern
  2. Official Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh
  3. Area: 41,285 square kilometres
  4. Swiss Population: 8 millions of people
  5. Type of Government: 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

Switzerland belongs to the Western Christian Civilisation (European Economic Area)

EFTA-Albania Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Swiss Economy.

  1. The Swiss Confederation is the fourth richest and most developed country in the world
  2. Switzerland is the second economy most competitive in the world
  3. Swiss GDP (nominal): 650,431 millions of dollars
    1. Agriculture: 4%
    2. Industry: 24%
    3. Services: 72%
  4. GDP per capita: 83,718 dollars
  5. wiss Currency: Swiss Franc
  6. Financial centres in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The largest Swiss bank is UBS and the second is Credit Suisse
  7. Switzerland is often classified as a tax haven
  8. In Switzerland, there is banking secrecy guaranteed by the Constitution
  9. Switzerland has large multinationals: UBS, Credit Suisse, Swatch, Nestlé, Novartis, ABB, Adecco, Rolex
  10. Top Swiss economic activities: financial sector, chemical industry, musical instruments, food products, tourism, engineering
  11. Switzerland has virtually no natural resources
  12. Switzerland is home to several international organisations: The World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Universal Postal Union, the Red Cross, FIFA, the United Nations Distance Education Commission
  13. 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 Dr Jogishwar Singh (Sikh religion)

EFTA-Montenegro Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Swiss Foreign Trade

  1. Main Swiss Exports: chemical products, electronics, precision instruments, watches
  2. The aluminium produced in Montenegro is exported by Switzerland
  3. Top Swiss exports destinations: Germany, the United States, Italy, France
  4. Main suppliers of Switzerland: Germany, Italy, France
  5. Switzerland as a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has trade agreements with Mexico, Central America, Serbia, Georgia, Colombia, Albania, Macedonia, Peru, Chile, Morocco, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, the Southern African Customs Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Tunisia, South Korea, Jordan, Montenegro, Ukraine, Turkey, Lebanon, the Gulf Cooperation Council etc
  6. The Lonrho Swiss company is developing the Port of Luba (Equatorial Guinea)

EFTA-Bosnia and Herzegovina Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

International Economic Relations of Switzerland

  1. European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  2. Japan has an economic association agreement with Switzerland
  3. Free Trade Agreement with China (negotiation)
  4. Regional Cooperation Council
  5. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  6. United Nations
  7. International Chamber of Commerce
  8. World Bank
  9. World Trade Organisation
  10. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  11. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  12. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  13. Group of States of the Council of Europe Convention against the corruption (GRECO)

Switzerland is an observer country of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)

Samples - Business in Switzerland

EFTA-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Lebanon Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Colombia-EFTA Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Georgia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Macedonia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Canada-EFTA States Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

EFTA-Serbia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Chile-EFTA Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

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