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Greater Geneva Berne area: brief presentation for the Hong Kong market


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Presentation of the Greater Geneva Berne area, the official economic development agency of Western Switzerland

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Greater Geneva Berne area: brief presentation for the Hong Kong market

  1. 1. Invest in the “Greater Geneva Berne area” (Western Switzerland) Germany France Italy Gateway to success
  2. 2. The Greater Geneva Berne area (GGBa) Germany An economic development agency that represents 6 states (or cantons) of Western Switzerland: Berne, Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Valais France Provides support, free of charge, to companies looking to establish business operations in Europe. GGBa’s support includes: • • • • Dialogue about investment plans and international expansion strategies Provision of information and business contacts incl. (e.g. with local authorities, universities, regulators, service providers, etc.) Organization of evaluation visits in a selection of GGBa cantons Practical support (legal entity establishment, real estate, taxation, work permits, private relocation, etc.) Italy
  3. 3. Why invest in the GGBa? • • • • • • • • • • • International and multilingual environment Political, legal and social stability State-of-the-art services and infrastructure Location at the real heart of European; integration into the Schengen (visa) area Free Trade Agreement with China Liberal labour laws and diligent workforce Leading academic institutions, collaborating actively with the private sector Concentrated expertise in science and technology, R&D, intellectual property and manufacturing Competitive taxation Excellent quality of life Proactive authorities ready to help
  4. 4. Why is GGBa a gateway to Europe? • • • Exceptionally pro-business conditions 70% of the US companies chose Switzerland as European HQ location Over 1,000 foreign companies steer their European or global activities from Switzerland What are the typical international functions in GGBa? • • • • • • Regional headquarters (for Europe, Middle East, India, Africa, etc.) Regional sales/sales support Procurement centers (for products, brand equity, etc.) Scouting for M&A, partners & distributors R&D including Intellectual Property ownership and management High-value-added manufacturing
  5. 5. Our Strongest Clusters? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Information & Communication Technologies Life Sciences (biotechnology, pharma, medical technology) Energy and Environmental Technologies (cleantech) Watch-making, Luxury Goods, Cosmetics & Fragrances Micro/nano Technologies Nutrition and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Banking, Finance International Trading International Organizations
  6. 6. More Information? Switzerland World Trade Center Avenue de Gratta-Paille 2, PO Box 252 1000 Lausanne 22 China 25th Floor, Wheelock Square, 1717 Nanjing West Road Jing-An District, Shanghai, Tél. +41 21 644 00 90 Fax +41 21 644 00 99 Tel: +86 21 61574955 Fax: +86 21 61575165 Contact: Philippe D. Monnier, Executive Director Contact: Shun ZHOU, Chief Representative China