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President’s Message

president

 

Dear Madame / Sir,

Welcome to the Swiss India Business Forum (SIBF).

SIBF is a Geneva-based non-profit association with the sole aim of promoting business between Switzerland and India with emphasis on the French-speaking region. We promote business through our focus on three main sectors. We organize sector specific conferences in the following domains:

 1. Healthcare (including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices).

 2. Renewable Energy (CleanTech).

 3. Information Technology.

Switzerland has maintained its position among the top 10 foreign investors in India. Swiss direct investment inflows from April 2000 to October 2011 was at US$1997.76 million). The total technical collaborations during the last fifteen years are about 7,815. Switzerland has been granted 314 technical collaborations (4.02% of total) since 1991. It is important to mention that a large part of foreign direct investments in India, including investments from Switzerland, is routed through Mauritius, and as such the actual Swiss direct investment in India is much higher. India has established itself as a location for knowledge based companies and as a global hub for Swiss strongholds. In addition, across sectors the focus is on R&D. The innovative technologies developed by the Swiss and cost competitiveness in India can be combined to draw a mutually beneficial tie up in the areas of biotechnology, nano-technology, life sciences, material science and telecommunications. Switzerland has maintained its competitive edge due to the impressive investments made for R&D.

The renowned Software companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Ramco Systems, PIT Solutions, Infosys, Wipro, MindTree, Satyam, Polaris have made their strong presence here but manufacturing companies like Divi’s Laboratories, Dr. Reddy’s and Novelis are also present in the country. Location Switzerland is focusing on promoting Indian investments in Switzerland.

The SIBF is run by pro-active volunteers. If you are interested in playing an active role within our association, please do contact us since we are always looking for motivated and dynamic people to make our team grow.

We look forward to your active participation in the SIBF events.

Thank you for your interest in the SIBF.

Yours sincerely,

Gautam.